Passionate Crows fan Margret Wilton says she is now willing to concede that Patrick Dangerfield will not play for Adelaide this season.
“The signs are all there if you know what to look for,” conceded Ms Wilton, wiping tears from her eyes.
“Just little things really, his demeanour, what he doesn’t say.
“He missed our game against North Melbourne and I think he would have played if he was planning to re-sign with us.”
Ms Wilton admitted she had probably been in denial about the Crows chances of retaining the star midfielder.
“I feel a bit foolish to be honest. I thought there was every chance he would stay. Even when he announced he was leaving and going to Geelong I thought ‘that could just be a coincidence.”
“I guess the cold hard truth dawned on me when I saw him racking up 43 possessions, 22 of them contested with seven clearances, 10 inside-50s and five tackles against Hawthorn.
“I turned to my daughter Alice and said ‘I don’t think he’s coming back’.
“She said ‘of course he’s not Mum but at least we got Dean Gore’ and I said who?”
Ms Wilton said she still believed in the Crows and thought they were a good chance for the premiership this season. She added that seeing Dangerfield in Cats colours ‘hurt like the fires of hell and probably always will’.