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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The Greater Western Sydney Giants decided not to select former Crow Kurt Tippett in the preseason draft, leaving the door open for the Sydney Swans. Tippett basically priced himself off the Giants' radar with a reported request for $900,000. The Giants apparently determined their own "value" for Tippett and decided they were not in a position to meet his asking price, especially with the 11 week suspension which will keep him out for half of the season. However, that was only part of the equation. GWS chief executive David Matthews said the club believed they had the "nucleus of an exciting forward line" with players such as Jon Patton and Jeremy Cameron. The Giants have signed several of their emerging players to long term contracts. Matthews said the club was committed to "... developing a strong culture and playing list and also retaining that talent" and that they would continue to look at "... talented and mature players who become available".

Source: Jessica Ries, GWS Media Release

Article last changed on Friday, February 01, 2013 - 8:42 PM EST

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