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Dinny Navaratnam, AFL Media  October 29, 2016 4:13 PM

McKay discusses trades Head of Football Andrew McKay speaks to Carlton Media following the AFL Trade Period.

Star Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs may not have been traded to Adelaide but there will be no issues when he returns to Ikon Park, according to Blues CEO Stephen Trigg.

Gibbs, 27, is contracted until the end of 2019 but sought a move home to South Australia during the trade period for family reasons.

The Blues and Crows were unable to come to an agreement over the trade, and Trigg told News Corp the onballer had no issues with his current club. 

"It is pretty straight forward, I would think. No doubt we will be asked about it and the simplest answer is his request to move home was not based on a dispute with the club," Trigg said of Gibbs’ failure to get to the Crows.

"He has consistently said he loves Carlton and the move was more about the city, as in where his home is. It wasn’t about Carlton.

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"He has the ability to slip straight back in effectively and with all the leadership he has always shown. I don’t see any of that being diminished.

"We have plenty of confidence in him settling back in and having a good outcome.

"We can over-complicate this stuff. He is happy with the footy club and we are not bringing back a player in dispute," Trigg said.

"He loves Carlton and he loves Marc Murphy and ‘Crippa’ (Patrick Cripps) and all those boys."

Gibbs finished fourth in the best and fairest at the Blues this season and was a member of the club’s leadership group.