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Fantasia wants out of Dons

Fantasia wants out of Dons

ESSENDON forward Orazia Fantasia wants to leave the AFL club, with Adelaide preparing to meet with the injury-troubled forward.

Fantasia has yet to announce his intentions but the Crows are ready to swoop.

The 25-year-old is set to follow Bombers teammates Joe Daniher and Adam Saad out the door.

The Crows’ head of football Adam Kelly says Fantasia is seeking a return to his home state.

“We understand he wants to come back to South Australia,” Kelly told SEN radio on Monday.

“Any (South Australian) player that has gone interstate who wants to return home, we’re keen to talk to and understand what their motivations are.

“We’re just not sure where that one will lie and how that will play out.

“But we’re always keen to talk to South Australians who want to come home.”

Fantasia, contracted at Essendon to the end of the 2021 season, played only five games this season because of a thigh inury.

“There would be some obvious concern there, I think he has played 33 games over the last three years so he’s had some durability issues,” Kelly said.

“If we went down that path, our medical team would make a thorough assessment because that is obviously an area of risk.

“But hopefully for Orazio it’s something that can be managed.”

Fantasia sought a trade to South Australia at the end of last season before remaining at Essendon.

But he appears certain to follow Daniher, who wants to be traded to Brisbane, and Saad, who has nominated Carlton as his preferred destination, in walking out of Essendon.

Essendon have already lost fellow rebounding defender Conor McKenna to retirement.

But in better news for the Bombers, star midfielder Andrew McGrath has signed a two-year contract extension through until the end of 2022.

The 22-year-old has played 76 games since coming to the club as the No.1 pick in the 2016 draft.

“It’s great to be able to put pen to paper on a new deal and I’m thankful to the club for the opportunity and faith they continue to show in me,” said McGrath.

“I am extremely determined to get the best out of myself and this whole playing group in order for us to move forward as a club.”

(C) AAP 2020