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GWS weigh up Tippett's worth
By Sam Lienert
17:06 AEST Wed Nov 28 2012

Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy says the Giants have the money to snare Kurt Tippett in the AFL pre-season draft, but are weighing up how much they're willing to spend.

The ex-Adelaide forward-ruckman - denied the chance to join his preferred club Sydney through a trade or free agency - on Wednesday nominated for the December 11 draft, in which the Giants have the first pick.

His only remaining hope of reaching the Swans rests with nominating contractual terms for his draft entry which GWS are unwilling to meet.

While Wednesday was the official deadline for listed player draft nominations, the AFL has given Tippett an extension until next Monday to lodge his financial terms.

Tippett, the Crows, Adelaide chief executive Steven Trigg, current football operations manager Phil Harper and his predecessor, John Reid, must face the AFL Commission on Friday to answer a total of 11 charges of infringing draft or salary cup rules.

The hearing could potentially result in a ban for Tippett, which the clubs wanting to draft him will need to weigh up along with his asking price.

Sheedy said the Giants remained enthusiastic about snaring Tippett despite his unwillingness to join the wooden spooners, but they weren't prepared to commit to him at any price.

"We've got plenty of money, it's whether we want to spend it," Sheedy said.

"If you go in the draft and get picked, you go to whoever picked you.

"That's the deal.

"If the money is right, we'll be going there."

Sheedy said Tippett fitted the Giants' needs well.

"We want to get a player like that, we need a ruck-forward, that's the way I'm looking at it," the veteran coach said.

"That will complement the height and the structure of the team as we set sail into the next three or four years of where we hope to get to."

Tippett attempted to join premiers Sydney through October's trade period, but that hope was scuttled by the AFL after evidence of alleged draft tampering and salary cap breaches by the Crows in relation to Tippett emerged.

He had then aimed to join the Swans as a delisted free agent, but the AFL has ruled he does not qualify, as he removed himself from the Crows' list.


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