Two South Australian AFL giants believe this will be Patrick Dangerfield’s last season in an Adelaide guernsey.
Former Crows coach and 200-gamer Brenton Sanderson and cross-town rival Kane Cornes believe the likelihood of the 25-year-old staying with the Crows is decreasing with each passing day.
The two-time All Australian midfielder is the biggest free agency target of the off-season and has been constantly linked with Geelong, near his hometown of Moggs Creek.
Sanderson told AFL Game Day he believed the club would struggle to retain Dangerfield.
“Every week that we go on, it looks less and less likely that he’s going to stay,” he said.
The former Crows boss coached Dangerfield for three seasons, with a reported player revolt behind his axing at the end of last season.
But Sanderson, who played the majority of his career with the Cats, showed no ill-feeling by backing Dangerfield’s form in 2015.
“He’s having a fantastic season and winning plenty of the footy,” he said.
“It won’t be affecting him … Paddy’s got the sort of personality that he’ll be able to park that, particularly on match day.”
Cornes, a premiership winner with Adelaide’s arch-rivals Port Adelaide, went further and predicted the manner of his departure.
“I thought he was going to stay two weeks ago but I’ve changed,” he told the Sunday Footy Show.
“I think Adelaide will match the offer but he’ll end up at Geelong.
“They’ll trade … (Steven) Motlop and a first round pick.”
Cornes’ former Power teammate Jay Schulz is another free agent at season’s end.
Schulz has already switched clubs once in his career, moving from Richmond, and Cornes urged him to sign a new deal to improve his form.
“It’s affecting Schulzy, his form in the last month hasn’t been great,” he said.
Cornes said Schultz was now 30 and unlikely to make another club switch and would sign on.