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Crows to trade two prime draft picks for Richard Tambling

Richard Tambling

Adelaide has agreed to a deal to lure Richard Tambling to the Crows. Source: Herald Sun

MALIGNED Richmond midfielder Richard Tambling will play for Adelaide next season.

A deal to send Tambling to the Crows has just been signed off by both clubs.

Richmond will receive two draft picks from the Crows in return - a late first-round pick the Crows will receive as compensation for losing Nathan Bock to the Gold Coast, and Adelaide's third-round selection.

The compensation selection can be used in this draft or any year up to 2014.

“Gaining a compensation selection will give us great flexibility in the 2010 draft, and in subsequent drafts,” Richmond football manager Craig Cameron said.

“We set out to improve our position in the 2010 draft, and we believe these selections will place us in a strong position to recruit and develop more young talent through the draft process.

“Richard has been a fine servant of the Richmond Football Club for the last six seasons, and we wish him well for the remainder of his career.”

Tambling played 108 games kicked 61 goals for the Tigers after making his debut in 2005.

Taken at No.4 in the 2004 draft with the pick before Lance Franklin, he has had to live with being ridiculed by Richmond fans in recent seasons.

Although Tambling's decision to leave is a combination of factors, heat from over the fence has played a role.

"I thought it was terrible what he was put through last year, when he was booed at the MCG by the Richmond crowd because he was taken ahead of Franklin," Tambling's manager Ricky Nixon told the AFL's trade week radio program.

"I watched that under-18s carnival that year and everyone would have agreed Franklin was nowhere near the talent that Tambling was at the time.

"For Richard, it's all about a fresh start and getting to a club that's well coached."

Geelong denied it was interested in Tambling, but sources said St Kilda had a mild interest in him.

Adelaide has made no secret of its desire to lure Tambling and again made it clear with the Tigers yesterday.

A deal is likely to be struck with the Crows later this week.

Nixon last night played down the significance of the Tigers' fans pushing Tambling out, saying: "It is a lot of things adding up to one - more than just one incident (booing)".

But Nixon said abuse from fans can affect extended family.

With a fresh start, the Tambling/Franklin comparison will be pushed into the background and Tambling, after 108 games, has the ability to blossom.

Richmond's head of football Craig Cameron indicated last night talks were progressing. "We're not miles apart ... it's only the first day," he said.

Meanwhile, Will Thursfield's most likely destination is Fremantle if he leaves Richmond.

"He has been to Perth and spoken to them, so we'll wait and see," Cameron said.

Carlton is trying to talk Shaun Grigg out of leaving to join Richmond.

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