Tigers’ Graham joins Crows in AFL deal

Richmond ruckman Angus Graham has joined the Adelaide Crows in the latest deal struck during the AFL trade period.

The 25-year-old played just one senior game for the Tigers last season, ironically because Richmond recruited ex-Crow tapman Ivan Maric.

But the Crows entered the trade period seeking a support ruckman to their first-choice Sam Jacobs, given their pending loss of uncontracted Kurt Tippett to Sydney.

Adelaide gave Richmond their draft pick No.40 in return for Graham and the Tigers’ pick No.50.

Richmond’s general manager of football Craig Cameron said the Graham deal strengthened their hand in the draft.

The Tigers now have four picks inside the first two rounds of the draft numbers nine, 29, 31 and 40.

“By gaining selection 40 in the draft, we are in a strong position to add some young talent to our list,” Cameron said on Friday in a statement.

Richmond have also secured ex-Crow Chris Knights and former Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin as free agents.

The Crows and Sydney were still trying to agree to a deal involving Tippett on Friday.

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