I couldn’t be more conflicted.

For those who don’t know, I grew up in Adelaide and barracked for the Crows during my younger days, as did every South Australian when the team entered the AFL in 1990.

As a young lad, although I was not a die-hard Adelaide supporter, I watched most their games every week.

It was hard not to; the city certainly loved having a team on the national stage.

As I played more footy through my teenage years, I started to get pretty good, and thus eventually drafted as a 17 year old to Richmond.

From jumping out of Adelaide to the bright lights of Melbourne was a big transition for me at the time, but I couldn’t have loved it more. I feel in love with my new home.

Richmond had so much history; winning premierships and a passionate supporter base that matched any other team’s in the competition.

I became a man at Punt Road, and owe the people and those at the football club a great debt.

I loved my time at Richmond. They were my family.

So when I was traded to Adelaide at the end of the 2012 AFL Season, I wasn’t all that happy about it.

As the days passed following the trade I became more accepting of returning to South Australia, but after 118 games across eight years, I felt I was already home.

In the end, the trade to the Crows was a positive move for my career; we enjoyed consistent finals footy and I played my best football wearing the navy blue, red & gold.

Jason Tourney and Crows teammates celebrate after win against Hawthorn Hawks
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 29: Tyson Stenglein #20, Mark Ricciuto #32 and Jason Torney #15 for the Crows sing the club song after the round ten AFL match between The Hawthorn Hawks and the Adelaide Crows at the M.C.G. on May 29, 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

This week has been difficult; at every turn, I’ve been asked; “Who would I like to see hold up the Premiership Cup?”

I’m genuinely torn; I’m being asked to choose between my first love in Richmond and my most successful footy club at the Crows.

For me, I have such strong personal connections with both clubs; it’s been a long time between drinks for Tigers and Crows supporters.

The Crows in particularly have had a bit of heartache the last five years, while the Tigers faithful have not had much to cheer about in recent years either, with the team having battled to achieve sustained finals campaigns.

I don’t want to sit on the fence, but I can’t lean towards one team.

I don’t know deep down who I will be supporting at the MCG tomorrow.

I might have to wear two jumpers under the T-Shirt.

Jason Torney

Jason Torney is a retired AFL player, formerly from the Richmond Tigers & Adelaide Crows.