Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Betts officially a Crow after Blues can't match bid

Michael Whiting  October 4, 2013 5:30 PM

Free agents find new homes The first batch of paperwork is officially lodged
302895-tlsnewsportrait.jpg

Carlton has 72 hours to match Adelaide's offer for Eddie Betts


EDDIE Betts is officially a Crow after Carlton announced on Friday afternoon it would not match Adelaide's lucrative offer to the restricted free agent.
 
Adelaide lodged its official offer to Betts with the AFL earlier on Friday, with the deal believed to be for four years and worth about $2 million.

 
Carlton had 72 hours to match Adelaide's offer, but took just hours to confirm it would not block the small forward's passage to West Lakes.
 
Betts said the decision to leave the club he had called home for the past nine seasons was tough.
 
"No matter what happens, deep down inside I will always be a Blue boy," Betts said. 
 
"I want to say thank you to the Carlton Football Club for giving me the chance to play footy. I was overlooked in the national draft and they gave me the opportunity.
 
"Over the years the club has done a lot for me and my career, especially Shane O'Sullivan, who has been like a father to me. Whenever I was down and out, Shane sent me in the right direction."
 
Betts, who turns 27 in November, debuted in 2005 and went on to play 184 games for the Blues and kick 290 goals.
 
In his first season under new coach Mick Malthouse this year, Betts could not match his career-best form of 2011-12, but still managed to kick 27 goals from 18 games.
 
Carlton football manager Andrew McKay praised Betts' contribution to the Blues, but said the club had simply been unable to match the Crows' offer.
 
"It has been exciting to watch his development over the past nine years, his presence at the football club will be missed and we wish him nothing but the best," McKay said.
 
"We would have liked Eddie to stay, however our list management strategy of putting the club's best interests first comes above all else."