Melbourne’s Liam Jurrah is set to sensationally quit the club in an effort to move home to Adelaide.
Earlier this year the forward was charged with three counts of aggravated assault after attacking his cousin with a machete in a tribal fight. Subsequent hearings and court cases in relation to the attack have limited him to just one game in 2012.
Jurrah’s manager, Ned Guy, has told The Age that Jurrah will now seek to move home for the 2013 season.
“Liam has decided he needs to be closer to his family,” Guy said, “At this point in time family is number one for Liam and they are based in Adelaide.
“Does he want to continue playing football in 2013? Yes he does. He is still very passionate about footy because he loves the game and he understands it can make a difference to his people and his culture.
“But at the moment his happiness and well-being is the most important thing and he needs to be in Adelaide.”
Jurrah exploded onto the scene at Melbourne in 2009 and was billed as one of the competition’s most exciting talents, however injuries and off-field incidents have since stalled his promising career.
Jurrah is set to fight charges of aggravated assault in March next year, just one week before the opening round of the 2013 season.
The early word is that Port Adelaide have made the first contact with his manager, however they have declined to comment. A number of SANFL clubs are also circling if Jurrah misses out on heading to either the Crows or the Power.