AFL 2023: Fischer McAsey to leave Adelaide Crows, pre-season news

The second-highest draft pick in Crows history, Fischer McAsey, has left the club in a major preseason shock at West Lakes. Find out why.

Adelaide Crow’s swingman Fischer McAsey has left the club.

McAsey, who was the second-highest draft pick in Crows history at pick 6 in 2019 and was granted personal leave in November to stay in Melbourne with his family, pulled the pin ahead of the club’s return to training on Monday and sent off to a lack of passion for the game.

The Crows announced this on Monday morning.

The 21-year-old made 10 top-level appearances for Adelaide in his debut 2020 season.

He played 38 times in the SANFL for the Crows.

McAsey said he made the decision for his long-term future and thanked the Crows for their support.

“Unfortunately, I’ve lost a lot of the joy and desire to improve that it takes to make it at the highest level,” McAsey said.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to come to and one that I did not take lightly but through discussions with close friends and family, the club and my management I feel it is the right decision for my long term future and wellbeing.

“I am very grateful to the club for their support and for giving me some time to reflect on where I want to develop.

“There have been a large number of people who have worked very hard on my development as a player and as a person and I am very grateful for that.

“Not everyone will understand the decision, but I’m comfortable with the path I’ve taken and excited about the ability to pursue other interests.

“I will always be grateful to the Crows for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream and I wish everyone at the club the best for 2023 and beyond.”

Crows football manager Adam Kelly said the club understood the reasons behind McAsey’s decision and remain committed to supporting him.

“We fully supported his request for personal leave in November and have been in regular contact with Fischer and his management for the past two months,” Kelly said.

“We respect his decision and want to thank him for his contribution and he will always be welcome at our club.”

McAsey was named Victoria Metro’s Most Valuable Player at the 2019 National Championships, the standout in a team that included the likes of Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson, Hayden Young, Caleb Serong and Harrison Jones.

Adelaide fell in this year’s National Draft and he showed promise early on, scoring a memorable goal in his sixth game with flight against St Kilda.

But he would only appear four more times in the AFL.

After that promising debut season, his father Chris suffered a major health scare while McAsey was back home in Melbourne for the first time in months due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

McAsey then re-signed to a two-year deal in April 2021.

Last summer he had another pre-season setback – a stress fracture in his femur that sidelined him for six weeks.

Last year he was moved from defense to offense in the SANFL and failed to break into the Crows AFL team.

In June 2022, his manager Robbie D’Orazio told News Corp that McAsey had hopes of a 10-year career with Adelaide.

“The Crows really supported us,” said D’Orazio.

“I think he has a great chance.

“He’s working really hard on and off the field and we’re seeing a real improvement.

“Let’s not forget that these children are young and not everyone will make an impact right away.

“Especially bigger players need time.”

That same month, Adelaide senior assistant Scott Burns said McAsey had “made a lot of progress in the first half of the season”.

McAsey was not due to return until after Christmas at least, but chose to complete his stint with the Crows before resuming practice on Monday, just under nine weeks after Round 1.

Adelaide will add McAsey to their inactive list and open up a squad spot.

Originally published as AFL Pre-Season News: Adelaide Crow’s youngster Fischer McAsey quits AFL 2023: Fischer McAsey to leave Adelaide Crows, pre-season news

Ryan Sederquist

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