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Tyson Stengle will attempt to return to AFL football after Adelaide cut him from their list several months after they stood him down from all club duties in a financial settlement bound by a confidentiality agreement.
The 22-year-old was contracted until the end of 2022 but the club lost patience with him after they became aware of a third off-field matter involving Stengle in late 2020 when they received an image of him sitting near what appeared to be an illicit substance.
Small forward Tyson Stengle wants to continue his football career.Credit:Getty Images
He had been charged with drink driving in April when the game was shut down due to COVID-19 and was then involved in a misdemeanour in October with former teammate Brad Crouch when the pair were found in possession of cocaine after being searched by South Australian police.
Stengle had played 12 matches with the Crows in 2020 (including the last four matches of the season) bringing his career tally to 16, having played two games for Richmond in 2017.
Stengle was already suspended for the first four matches this season and Crouch, who joined St Kilda in the off-season, is suspended for the first two matches.
After being banished from the club, the small forward had been training with his SANFL club Woodville-West Torrens since February in the hope of regaining his position but the decision to part ways seemed inevitable to parties close to the negotiations weeks ago.
Sources familiar with Stengle’s situation expressed dissatisfaction with the time it took for the club to provide certainty to the player about his immediate future after his transgressions had been dealt with under the AFL’s illicit drugs policy.
Stengle’s management company W Sports and Media released a short statement after the agreement was reached.
“Tyson is relieved he has been able to resolve his situation with the Crows. He’s looking forward to getting back to playing footy, resetting and working his way back into the AFL system.”
It remains unclear whether Stengle will attempt to resurrect his career in South Australia or Melbourne.
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