ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15: Patrick Wilson of the Adelaide Crows during the AFLX grandfinal match between Adelaide Crows and Geelong at Hindmarsh Stadium on February 15, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

The Adelaide Crows are journeying deeper into their midfield depth by calling up rookie SANFL flag-winning midfielder Patrick Wilson. The long-kicking Stuart talent will line up for battle against a resurgent and refreshed Hawthorn this Saturday at the MCG.

It’s no secret that the Crows’ depth has been tested through the season. Wilson, 23, will be the 31st player to represent the Crows side this season.

Coach Don Pyke has his back against the wall for the remainder of the season, as his Crows experience wavering form under the weight of a injury list full of senior players.

Defender Kyle Cheney will get his chance at senior level for the first time in two years.

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Wilson comes as one of the four changes (three unforced) with the side’s best 22 denied All-Australian defender Rory Laird, versatile forward Tom Lynch, and also sturdy defender Luke Brown.

Pyke has omitted 2017 draftee Darcy Fogarty, along with rookie Lachlan Murphy.

The Crows return to the MCG for the first time since their grand final loss last September. This time dealing with the concern of not losing three games in a row. It comes as important to note that the Crows have not lost four games in a row since 2011 when the side lost six on the trot.