AFL 2023: Melbourne seals Shane McAdam trade with Adelaide

Melbourne has added to its forward mix without having to part ways with a player after securing Shane McAdam in a trade with Adelaide.

The Demons sent their future second-round pick to the Crows in exchange for the 28-year-old forward, who has booted 72 goals in 50 games.

They were able to complete the deal while hanging on to talented South Australian utility Harrison Petty, who was the subject of significant interest from the Crows despite being contracted until 2025.

Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb made it clear on Monday that the Demons would not consider a trade for Petty, with plans for the 23-year-old to take one of the key forward roles in their side along with Jacob van Rooyen next season.

McAdam, who battled injuries this season but impressed with hauls of three and four goals in rounds 21 and 22, will provide an extra target and important coverage for Jake Melskham, who was missed during the Demons’ finals campaign after a late season ACL rupture.

“We are thrilled to secure the services of such a talented player in Shane,” Lamb said.

“We know the sort of exciting, fast-paced football Shane can produce, and his skill set is one that will complement our existing group.

“We feel his best football is still ahead of him, and we look forward to seeing what he can bring to the red and blue.”

Adelaide list boss Justin Reid said the deal would strengthen the club’s draft hand for next season, with the Crows already holding three picks inside the top 20 in the upcoming draft.

“Shane has been a valuable and popular member of our team in his time at the club and we wish him well for the future,” Reid said.

“Securing a future second-round selection for him further strengthens our draft hand moving forward.

Read related topics:AdelaideMelbourne

Leave a Comment