How Crows can win by letting Cameron go

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With Cameron’s manager Colin Young declaring the speedy forward/midfielder won’t play at the Crows when his contract expires at the end of next season — and suggesting he won’t be in a good frame of mind to play well in 2018 — Wallace said Adelaide should deal him for a first-round draft pick, rather than risk losing him for nothing.

“I think they can still have a decent win here,” Wallace told SEN radio.

“They get pick 10 from Melbourne (for Jake Lever) and they can negotiate and get pick 12 from Brisbane.

“Adelaide then have 10, 12 and 16 (its own pick). They can go back into the marketplace and drag something out substantially if they are playing for now if they want, or they have got a serious hand to be able to go to the national draft and be able to be real players.

“They can get a mini-victory out of this.”

Charlie Cameron in action during the grand final against Richmond. Picture: Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images

Charlie Cameron in action during the grand final against Richmond. Picture: Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Triple Hawthorn premiership player Wallace, who coached the Western Bulldogs and Richmond, believes the Lions, who will likely lose ace midfielder Tom Rockliff to Port Adelaide as a restricted free agent, are so loaded with draft picks that they would be happy to trade pick 12 for Cameron.

Adelaide is adamant the 23-year-old, who kicked five goals in a spectacular preliminary final performance against Geelong, is not for sale and must see out the final year of his contract.

But Young said Cameron is so desperate to return home to Queensland to be closer to his family that holding him against his will could impact on his form next season and then see the Crows lose him without compensation.

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“Charlie has indicated that he won’t be re-signing with Adelaide after next year,’’ Young told FIVEaa radio.

“He has asked for a trade to Brisbane — he’d be disappointed if the deal didn’t get done for reasons to be with his family and friends in Brisbane — and if that doesn’t get done he plays in Adelaide next year.

“But he certainly won’t be resigning, he’ll be looking to go to Brisbane the following year.

“Charlie didn’t have a great season. He played a couple good games during the year and played well in the finals.

“I suspect the thought process of going home and leaving Adelaide had an impact on him during the season, so I’d hate to suspect what would happen next year.”

Steven Motlop tackles Josh Jenkins during the preliminary final. Picture: Michael Klein

Steven Motlop tackles Josh Jenkins during the preliminary final. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Cameron has played 73 games and kicked 87 goals for the Crows since being selected with pick seven at the 2013 rookie draft.

Wallace said if Adelaide is successful in securing Geelong speedster Steven Motlop as a restricted free agent it could change its mind on Cameron and deal him to the Lions.

Motlop, who also is being sought by Port Adelaide and Gold Coast, toured the Crows’ West Lakes facilities on Monday.

“Motlop doesn’t cost them anything compensation wise because he is a free agent. All they have got to do is pay his wage,’’ said Wallace.

“Why are they going that hard for a half-forward flanker if they’re keeping Cameron at the footy club?

“What it suggests to me is that if they can get him in the door, they will probably let Charlie Cameron go.”

andrew.capel@news.com.au

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