Rockliff staying with AFL Lions: manager

The Adelaide Crows have dismissed reports they’re pursuing Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff as his manager says the star midfielder will remain at the Lions.

The Crows reject reports they’re pitching to lure Rockliff to Adelaide as his manager Tom Petroro says the Lions skipper won’t change clubs.

“I wouldn’t have thought so,” Petroro told SEN radio on Friday when asked whether Rockliff was moving.

Rockliff is contracted by Brisbane for another 18 months and Petroro said talks over a contract extension would soon resume.

“We started those at the start of the year. We parked them until the end of footy season,” he said.

“I assume we’ll pick them up over the coming weeks.”

Asked if he had spoken to the Crows about Rockliff, Petroro said: “No, not at this stage”.

The reports caught the Crows unaware on Friday with the club privately dismissing them as inaccurate.

But Adelaide assistant coach David Teague believed the South Australian outfit was becoming an attractive destination for any player.

“I just heard that one,” Teague said on Friday about Rockliff.

“That is probably not something that I’m really in charge of or focused on heavily but I do understand players from other clubs may want to come to us at the moment.

“We are playing exciting football, we are playing a real team brand of football so if players enjoy playing amongst a team, I think Adelaide would be a destination they would be interested in.”

“The good clubs probably don’t spend big – people want to come to their organisation because of the culture they have built.

“Right now, Adelaide is in a good place, we’re a real team-first culture … if you want to be part of that, you probably are going to come on those terms, you’re not going to ask for a big pay cheque.”

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