Crows join race for Buddy

Written By Unknown on Senin, 29 April 2013 | 12.50

Lance Franklin has put contract talks with Hawthorn on hold until the end of the season. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: Herald Sun

ADELAIDE is joining the queue for Hawthorn free-agent key forward Lance Franklin as the Crows deal with the double loss of Kurt Tippett and Taylor Walker.

Crows football operations chief Phil Harper today put Adelaide in the field for Franklin who will be the Crows' enemy at AAMI Stadium on Saturday evening and would-be big signing in October.

Adelaide is dealing with the loss of Walker for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

This follows Tippett defecting to the Swans in the off-season. Adelaide is now without the attacking tandem on which it wanted to build its third AFL premiership.

And with the Crows locked out of the first two rounds of November's national draft - in its penalties for the Tippett saga - Adelaide is now compelled to be a big player in the free agency market for a key forward.

"There is free agency ... and of course Buddy Franklin would be nice," said Harper.

"Whether he wants to come to Adelaide or not, I know there are a few people putting their hands up and maybe will do that as well."

Harper concedes Adelaide may not be able to meet the $1 million-plus salary Franklin commands in the free market.

"I wouldn't think we could outbid (the rest of Franklin's suitors)," said Harper.

"There is a salary cap and you have to stay within it, but if he is interested we would certainly put something there."

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