PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Max Michalanney of South Australia kicks the ball during the 2021 U19 Championship match between Western Australia and South Australia at Optus Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Adelaide father-son selection Max Michalanney will make his AFL debut on Sunday when the Crows travel to GIANTS Stadium to face GWS.

Michalanney was eligible to join the Crows as a priority selection in last year's National Draft under the competition's state-league father-son rules, with Max's father Jim playing over 200 games for SANFL side Norwood.

Taken with the 17th overall selection after a first-round bid from Sydney, Michalanney joined the Crows following a sensational draft campaign with the Redlegs and South Australia in the National Championships.

The 19-year-old managed a handful of appearances for Norwood's senior side last year, including a pair of games in the club's finals campaign prior to their grand final win.

A tall intercept and rebounding defender, Michalaney won an All-Australian selection for the National Championships side after averaging 13 disposals and five tackles.

With injuries to defensive options Andrew McPherson and Josh Worrell, selection opportunities have opened up for the Crows' younger cohort, with Michalanney the first to be confirmed for a debut.

Adelaide are set to finalise their side for Sunday's match at 6:20 pm (AEDT) on Thursday.

The Crows' season opener will commence at 1:10pm against the Giants in Western Sydney.