Future cloudy for the Crow

Former South Clare junior Riley Knight could be on the move from Adelaide during the AFL player exchange period with Sydney Swans confirming their interest on Monday.
Former South Clare junior Riley Knight could be on the move from Adelaide during the AFL player exchange period with Sydney Swans confirming their interest on Monday.

Riley Knight could be the latest Crow to fly the nest amid reported interest from a pair of interstate AFL clubs.

Despite playing in 15 games for Adelaide in a disappointing season, the hard-working forward is out of contract for next season and is no certainty to return to the club.

Reports had emerged last week of interest in the 24-year-old from both Carlton and Sydney Football Clubs ahead of the trade period which commenced on Monday.

The Clare native met with officials from Sydney last week, which included head coach John Longmire.

On Monday Swans Chief Executive Officer Tom Harley confirmed the interest in Knight and Brisbane Lions forward Lewis Taylor once the trade period opened.

"There is definitely an interest, we have had conversations with both Lewis and Riley," Harley said.

"With the player movement period now you have to have irons in a number of fires because things can fall a certain way that you might not expected."

"I wouldn't say they are right at the top of business at the moment as we clearly have some things on our plate at the minute but clearly there is an interest there."

Last Thursday Adelaide list manager Justin Reid attempted to play down the talk of Knight's potential departure.

Reid spoke to journalist Mitch Clearly on AFL Trade Radio where he said that Knight had not requested a trade from West Lakes.

"We both agree that we will just park any conversation (of an extension) until the end of the trade period," he said.

"We are aware of his conversation with Sydney which was early dialogue, I think John Longmire was heading overseas so they just needed to catch up before he headed away.

"It is really early days there, he hasn't requested a trade and he is still really keen to be at the Adelaide Football Club."

Knight would likely replace Tom Papley in Sydney's forward line, with the Swan keen to move to Carlton.

Last Tuesday night, 5AA's Stephen Rowe reported that Knight had met with Carlton officials earlier that day.

The former South Clare junior would join a growing exodus from the Crows in the wake of coach Don Pyke's resignation and a tumultuous season.

Sam Jacobs, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Hugh Greenwood have all confirmed their departures with uncertainty around the futures of Josh Jenkins, Eddie Betts and Matt and Brad Crouch.