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The Age

Swans lure Demon Dyson with a three-year contract

Author: Stephen Rielly
Date: 13/01/1996
Words: 300
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 21
Kevin Dyson has played his last game of football for Melbourne.

The Demon of five seasons and 70 matches yesterday cut his ties with the club to accept a three-year deal with Sydney.

Dyson, who played 18 games in 1995, met Melbourne chief executive Hassa Mann yesterday and later told him of his decision.

For the Swans, Dyson is the second uncontracted player they have signed since the end of last season. Former Richmond wingman Stuart Maxfield is the other recruit.

It is anticipated, though, that Dyson's defection will ultimately see Swan Darren Gaspar, brother of Melbourne's Damien Gaspar, become a Demon via the February draft.

Melbourne's compensation for losing Dyson to Sydney is second pick in the draft. However, with Fitzroy, which has first pick, having settled on Brian McInnes, the Demons in effect now have first selection.

It is Melbourne's belief that Darren Gaspar is out of contract and, with the pull of his older brother, the Demons believe they can entice him south.

``We're disappointed that Kevin has decided to leave," Mann said last night.

``We believe we valued him realistically at Melbourne and were prepared to pay him accordingly, but the power of the dollar was apparently too great."

Dyson had been on the verge of signing a fresh two-year deal in mid-December before Sydney intervened.

Meanwhile, Collingwood recruit Adrian McAdam is still to appear at Victoria Park to resume training. The former North Melbourne forward did not train with the Magpies last night and, without explanation, has now missed four training sessions.

Coach Tony Shaw had said earlier he expected McAdam to be at last night's work-out.

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