Fagan fires back at Crows coach over Cameron comments

Queenslander ... Charlie Cameron in action for the Crows
Queenslander ... Charlie Cameron in action for the Crows DAVID MARIUZ

BRISBANE coach Chris Fagan has shrugged off this week's rebuke from Crows counterpart Don Pyke with a cheeky dig that clubs coped better with player transfers when they were the chasers and not the victims.

He was referring to Adelaide's double standards over Brisbane's interest in Charlie Cameron and their own very public courtship of Carlton's Bryce Gibbs last year.

Fagan delivered the dig to Pyke and the Crows when asked how he felt the football industry handled potential player movements.

"I think we handle it well when we are the chasers, we don't handle it so well when we are the victims,'' he said.

"But we choose to be the chasers often, all clubs do.''


Not happy ... Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan
Not happy ... Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan DAN PELED

Brisbane are regular targets of interstate poaching raids but interest from Cameron in returning home to Queensland suggests the shoe may now be on the other foot for the Lions and there will be no apology from Fagan or anyone at the club for a new era of aggressive recruiting that will take place over the next two years.

"It is and hopefully the reputation of our footy club has changed,'' he said.

"The AFL is a very competitive business and every club is trying to improve their list and most clubs will go as hard as they can to do that and that is what we will do,'' he said.

He said there was no need to apologise for the comments about Cameron that upset Pyke and suggested Adelaide should take a closer listen to exactly what he said.

"I was asked a question on radio to which I gave a hypothetical answer,'' he said.

"If the player was interested in returning home then of course we would talk to him.

"So I think people wold be better off just to have a close listen to the answer I gave to that question rather than just shooting from the hip because it was not my intention to upset the Adelaide rows footy club.''

Topics:  adelaide crows afl brisbane lions chris fagan don pyke

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