The Adelaide Crows will match any offer made by the Geelong Cats as the South Australian club battles to keep hold of star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield, according to reports.
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Dangerfield’s contract with the Crows expires at the end of the 2015 season and Geelong are believed to be keen to snare the Victorian.
According to News Corp, Adelaide will aim to be the first club to match any rival free agency offer and will force the Cats to the trade table or Dangerfield to the pre-season draft.
Rory Sloane and Richard Douglas this week inked new deals with the Crows, putting all the pressure on the 25-year-old to remain at Adelaide Oval.
Dangerfield spent an extended period on the interchange bench during the Crows’ loss to Hawthorn on Thursday and was involved in a heated discussion with midfield coach Scott Camporeale.
Adelaide coach Phil Walsh downplayed the spat after Dangerfield was moved into the forward line for the final quarter.
“We weren’t very happy about our centre bounces in the last quarter, so there was a discussion around one of them,” Walsh is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“It didn’t cost us the game, that’s footy. I wouldn’t read too much into that.”