Adelaide are yet to decide if they’ll seek to have a court hearing relating to the alleged murder of former coach Phil Walsh delayed until after the AFL grand final.
Cy Walsh is due to face the SA Supreme Court on September 28 – three days before the grand final – charged with murdering his father, and the hearing could lead to suppressed details surrounding the death being revealed.
The Crows have firmed as premiership contenders in recent weeks, but chief executive Andrew Fagan says it’s too early to say whether the club will try to have the hearing pushed back to prevent players being distracted.
“I’ve read argument on both sides (but) it’s not something that we’ve addressed formally at the moment,” Fagan told 5AA radio on Monday.
“It is still significantly hypothetical given the environment that we operate in and it’ll be a bridge that we cross at a later time should we get there.”
Walsh, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the stabbing murder of his father at the family home in Adelaide on July 3, 2015.
Prosecutors indicated on Friday they would formally concede Walsh was mentally incompetent when he allegedly killed his father, in which case he would not go to trial.
The court is scheduled to reconvene for a half-day hearing on September 28, where a large number of suppression orders in relation to the case will also be reviewed.
Legal experts have indicated the Crows might be considered “victims” of the alleged crime, meaning they would be permitted to ask the court to delay proceedings.
Fagan, who has been in regular contact with Phil Walsh’s widow, Meredith, said the high-profile case had taken its toll on the club.
“I’m glad that we’re nearing the end of those proceedings,” he said.
“Obviously it’s been a difficult time, mostly for Meredith and her family.
“It’s also been difficult for the football club and our players and coaches.”