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STAR Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs may not have received his wish to be sent to Adelaide but there will be no issues when he returns to Ikon Park, according to Blues CEO Steven Trigg.
Gibbs, 27, is contracted until the end of 2019 but sought a move home to South Australia during the trade period for family reasons.
The Blues and Crows were unable to come to an agreement over the trade, and while a potentially awkward situation exists for Gibbs, Trigg told News Corp the onballer had no issues with his current club.
"It is pretty straight forward, I would think. No doubt we will be asked about it and the simplest answer is his request to move home was not based on a dispute with the club," Trigg said of Gibbs’ failure to get to the Crows.
"He has consistently said he loves Carlton and the move was more about the city, as in where his home is. It wasn’t about Carlton.
"He has the ability to slip straight back in effectively and with all the leadership he has always shown. I don’t see any of that being diminished.
"We have plenty of confidence in him settling back in and having a good outcome."
Gibbs was the first overall selection in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft and went to the Blues after Adelaide initially sought to pick him up under the father-son rule.
His father, Ross, played 253 games for SANFL side Glenelg, most of which came before Adelaide joined the AFL.
The Crows hoped to have priority access to Gibbs and were disappointed when the AFL ruled he could be selected by anyone.
Coincidentally, Trigg was the Adelaide chief at the time.
"We can over-complicate this stuff. He is happy with the footy club and we are not bringing back a player in dispute," Trigg said.
"He loves Carlton and he loves Marc Murphy and 'Cripper' (Patrick Cripps) and all those boys."
Gibbs finished fourth in the best and fairest at the Blues this season and was a member of the club’s leadership group.