Adelaide board member Mark Ricciuto says he hopes former Crows star Eddie Betts “is moving on” from the effects of the club’s controversial 2018 pre-season camp, after the champion forward revealed the anguish it caused him in an extract published in The Age from his new book, The Boy from Boomerang Crescent.
Ricciuto, a Crows champion and premiership player, said on Triple M Adelaide on Wednesday morning that the club had already admitted the camp was not executed perfectly despite the good intentions of those planning it. However, he said he was sad to hear of Betts’ experience as he was a great of the club.
Eddie Betts.Credit:Jason South
“We all love Eddie and we hope Eddie is getting over that. That was the four years ago. Certainly, the club moved on from that and are looking towards the future and have made a lot of ground since then. It has come up in Eddie’s book and that is fair enough. Hopefully, Eddie is moving on as well and the club can move on to bigger and better things,” Ricciuto said.
“It’s sad to hear Eddie write that because he has been one of the greats of the football club.”
Ricciuto is the only senior off-field figure who remains at the club since the camp with chairman Rob Chapman, CEO Andrew Fagan, coach Don Pyke and football manager Brett Burton all finishing up at the Crows within the past four years.
After initially playing down criticism of the camp, the club admitted they got some aspects of the camp wrong. Senior players Rory Sloane and Taylor Walker have said in the past that they had a good experience at the camp.
But Betts wrote that he would have to live for the rest of his life with the shame of having participated in some of the more confronting exercises conducted at the camp.
However, Ricciuto continued to defend the Crows and their handling of the situation since the camp.
“Player welfare is always No.1, no matter what is going on,” Ricciuto said.
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