That’s not cutting our losses, that’s locking them in. The difference between trading for a third rounder and delisting him at some point and replacing him with whatever draft pick that happens to be is pretty much nothing. And the list spot difference is basically nothing as well.
You can get nothing in return for him now, or at worst nothing in return for him in 2 years. Or you can get him right.
Of course if he really wants/needs to go home you try and help him from a welfare point of view. (The managers comments didn’t sound like he was that sure that he wanted to go home)
Or you send him to Adelaide for 6 months or a year and give him someone to work with psychologically and hopefully welcome him back some time in the future ready to play football. If he’d done a knee halfway through the season we’d be happily rehab-ing him.
We don’t need him to be ready for this AFL thing day one of pre season. We don’t even really need him at any point in 2018. But if we rate him as a player and a person I think investing time and money into trying to get him right is worthwhile.