Patrick Dangerfield could tell Adelaide players within hours that he wants to leave the club for AFL rivals Geelong, Crows vice-captain Rory Sloane says.
“We don’t know yet,” Sloane told reporters on Wednesday morning.
“I suppose the rumours are all circulating around today but I’m not really sure what to believe.
“It would just be nice to have a decision made.”
Speculation is rife that Dangerfield will announce in a statement on Wednesday that he wants to be traded to Geelong.
The move is widely tipped but Dangerfield had yet to inform Crows players of his decision – and Adelaide players hadn’t asked, according to Sloane.
“It’s a personal decision and we don’t all get involved in each other’s personal lives, that is just how it is,” Sloane said.
“There’s some things you like to keep to yourself and we respect that … we just have to see how it plays out and how we handle it.”
Dangerfield is expected to be among Adelaide players and staff at an end of season function on Wednesday but has yet to be sighted at the gathering at the inner-city hotel.
Earlier Wednesday, Adelaide powerbroker Mark Ricciuto was tightlipped about Dangerfield’s expected announcement.
Ricciuto, an Adelaide board member and one of the club’s greatest players, says there was likely to be announcement “soonish”.
Ricciuto was asked if Dangerfield’s expected defection would prove difficult ahead of Adelaide’s club champion award on Saturday night and the Brownlow medal count on Monday night – he could win both awards.
“Potentially it could be like that but lets just wait and see and deal with the facts,” Ricciuto said on his morning radio program on Triple M.
“Hopefully the facts will become a lot more clearer and a lot more definite soonish.
Ricciuto evaded questions about Dangerfield reportedly telling the Crows last month of his decision to seek a move to Geelong.
“I don’t need to be commenting on that at this stage,” he said.
“All this information will come out in due course … there is a lot of stuff being speculated and I will just wait until the actual facts come out.
“It’s a difficult process and a difficult time for lots of people.”
Dangerfield is about to fall off-contract at the Crows and become a restricted free agent, with Geelong reportedly offering the brilliant onballer a long-term contract.
Dangerfield grew up in Moggs Creek near Geelong, where his family still live, and is believed to want to return to the region to be closer to his family.