Betts responded with four majors in a narrow loss to Glenelg, pushing his chances for an immediate senior recall, with Don Pyke’s side falling to the resurgent Blues on Saturday, a defeat which further jeopardised Adelaide’s place in the top eight and led to increased speculation around Pyke’s future.
Betts signed a three-year contract extension in early 2017, which tied him to Adelaide until the end of next year.
However with former club Carlton in the market for a small forward, a romantic return to Princes Park has been publicly discussed, while Gold Coast have declared a desire to boost their list with experienced players of good character.
Betts’ agent Garry Winter, a director of the Adelaide-based W Sports & Media group, said that his client was keen to see out his playing days with Adelaide.
“Certainly we’re not sitting down and negotiating with any clubs, I can assure you of that, and there’s no offers from any clubs at the moment either,” Winter told The Age on Wednesday.
“Eddie’s sole focus at the moment is to play the best footy he possibly can for the Crows until the season ends.
“His objective – I’ve had this discussion with Eddie many many times – is to play out his career at the Crows.”
Blues football director Chris Judd said on Footy Classified that he expected Betts to remain a Crow in 2020, but acknowledged that the small-forward position was an area of interest for the Blues, who have been linked to the likes of Port Adelaide’s Sam Gray, Richmond’s Liam Baker, Sydney’s Tom Papley and Essendon’s Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.
“He’s contracted for next year and he’s 32, but clearly the small forward is an area we need to look at,” Judd said on Channel 9’s Footy Classified.
“Clearly those decisions will be made by Stephen Silvagni and his team. All Carlton fans love Eddie Betts and pretty much all football fans do.
“But at this stage we’d expect him to be at Adelaide next year.”
Betts has kicked 305 goals in 128 games since joining the Crows as a free agent at the end of 2013, taking his game to a new level in Adelaide, being named an All-Australian three times since becoming a Crow.
Adelaide take on St Kilda at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night in a match that could go a long way to determining the ultimate composition of the top eight.
Gibbs and Jenkins are contracted until the end of 2021, but Douglas, Jacobs and Greenwood are all out of contract.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter