McGovern seeks new home

20 September 2018 08:15:32 EST

Mitch McGovern wants to leave Adelaide, just 12 months after signing a long-term deal with Don Pyke's side.

The Crows forward's agent Colin Young says the club's "rollercoaster" season had caused his change of heart. Four clubs are chasing him including Carlton, who finished with the wooden spoon this year.

McGovern inked a three-year contract at the end of last season when he said he was determined to bounce back after missing the Grand Final defeat to Richmond due to a hamstring injury.

He played 12 games this season, taking his overall tally with the Crows to 48. In his three seasons in the AFL he has averaged better than a goal per game, including booting 23 majors in his debut campaign in 2016.

He now sees his future elsewhere, though, according to Young.

His 2018 season was interrupted by an ankle injury in round nine that required more post-season surgery.

"When Mitchell signed he obviously had a belief and thoughts on where the club was going over the journey," said the agent.

"During the 12 months since he signed, the club's been on a bit of a roller-coaster so Mitch had been having meetings regularly on where he thought the club was going.

"To Don's credit, at the end of the season they had a fairly lengthy meeting and they both agreed Mitch probably wasn't the fit for the Crows. His belief as to where the club is going has waned and he is obviously seeking a trade."

McGovern's own disappointment at the way his year went was a reflection of Adelaide's poor season.

Having made the Grand Final last year, they could only finish 12th this time.

Young indicated the clubs who were interested in signing McGovern a year ago, including Carlton, were still keen on him.

Meanwhile, reigning premiers Richmond are 1212/1 to win the Grand Final. The Tigers are 21/50 to win their preliminary final against Collingwood.

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