Top Crow Patrick Dangerfield confirms return to Victoria

LESS than 24 hours after being named in the All Australian side for the third time, brilliant Adelaide Crows midfielder Patrick Dangerfield has told the club he wants to return to Victoria.

Speculation has been strong for most of the season the 25-year-old will exercise his right as a free agent and go back home, almost certainly to Geelong.

Reports suggest the Cats have tabled an offer worth almost $5 million over six years for the on-baller, who is expected to win Adelaide's club champion award on Saturday night and should again poll strongly in Monday night's Brownlow Medal count.

He averaged a career-best 26.8 disposals a game this season and was ranked second in the league for contested possessions.

Originally taken by the Crows with pick 10 at the 2007 AFL draft, Dangerfield has finished inside the top three in Adelaide's best and fairest in each of the past three seasons.

He was runner-up to Scott Thompson in 2012 and third in 2013 and 2014.

Adelaide has the option to match any offer Dangerfield receives - provided it can realistically accommodate the money in its salary cap - and by doing that can ensure it gets much better compensation if he ends up leaving.

He is the only player from the Crows to make the All Australian side - a line-up that features 11 first-time players.

TEAM: (backs) H Shaw, A Rance, J Gibson; (half-backs) E Wood, M Hurley, R Murphy (c); (centres) D Hannebery, M Priddis, A Gaff; (half-forwards) C Wingard, J Riewoldt, C Rioli; (forwards) E Betts, J Kennedy (v-c), J Stringer; (rucks) T Goldstein, N Fyfe, P Dangerfield; (interchange) S Mitchell, B Deledio, D Mundy, R Gray.



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