Adelaide Crows top-10 draft pick Fischer McAsey takes personal leave on eve of pre-season

The Adelaide Crows have granted Fischer McAsey personal leave ahead of pre-season training commencing this week.

Crows head of football Adam Kelly said the club was understanding of McAsey’s circumstances and confirmed the 21-year-old would not be joining his teammates in South Australia until after the Christmas break.

“We are fully supportive of Fischer taking personal leave and we will give him the time and space that he requires,” Kelly said in a club statement.

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“We will remain in regular communication with him, as well as his management, to ensure he has ongoing support while away from the club.

“As always, the welfare of our people is the top priority and we ask that Fischer’s privacy be respected during this period.”

McAsey was selected by the Crows with pick No.6 in the 2019 national draft.

He debuted in the opening round of the 2020 season and played 10 AFL games in his first campaign.

However, he hasn’t been seen at the senior level since round 12 of 2020.

Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks came to the youngster’s defence this season when questions were asked about McAsey’s non-selection.

“For Fischer, it has been a pretty tough road. He’s put his head down, he’s working so hard to get his game back to certain levels,” Nicks said.

“Now, there were a number of reasons why early (on) it wasn’t working for him.

“Things happening off field, a couple of challenges that he was faced with, but in saying that he’s started working really hard on his footy.”

There were trade rumours last month that McAsey would request a move back home to Victoria, but nothing eventuated.

McAsey is out of contract at the end of next season.

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