Adelaide makes unexpected change to recruiting team

ADELAIDE has parted ways with respected recruiter Phil Bunn.

The veteran talent-spotter finished up at the club last month after five years as Adelaide’s Eastern recruiting manager.

The Crows made the call in part to help keep under the AFL’s soft cap on football department spending.

Since 2013, Bunn has helped Adelaide assemble one of the most talented lists in the competition, despite some key player departures and draft penalties.

Departing Crows recruiter Phil Bunn brought Jake Lever to Adelaide

The Crows were banned from the first two rounds of the 2013 national draft for breaching the salary cap and draft tampering over the Kurt Tippett saga.

They also handed back their first two picks in the 2012 draft.

Since then, Bunn helped Adelaide draft gun youngsters Jake Lever (pick No. 14), Matt Crouch (No. 23), Mitch McGovern (pick No. 43) and rookie selections Charlie Cameron and Rory Laird.

Bunn was told his Adelaide contract would not be renewed late last year and wants to remain in AFL recruiting.

The Melbourne-based talent expert previously worked at Port Adelaide as Victorian recruiting manager from 2010-2013.

The Herald Sun understands several clubs have expressed interest in his services.

The AFL Coaches Association has recently added recruiters to its member base to help bring their contractual rights in line with senior coaches and assistants.