Rory Sloane during the AFL match between Essendon and Adelaide, Round 4, 2022 (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media

Adelaide skipper Rory Sloane will put his hand up to captain the Crows in 2023 should he be given the green light by the club and players.

Next season will be Sloane's 14 at West Lakes and fifth as captain should he retain the role, having first shared the honour with Taylor Walker in 2019 before taking on the role solo the year after.

An ACL injury ended his 2022 campaign after four matches, leaving the leadership duties to his supporting cast of Tom Doedee, Brodie Smith, Reilly O'Brien and Ben Keays for the majority of the year.

Doedee is seen as Sloane's likely successor, and could pull on the proverbial captain's armband in 2023 should he be given the nod.

However, Sloane remains hopeful of continuing his spell as the Crows' captain, but understands if it is in fact time to move on from his post.

“I've always said it will be about what is best for the footy club,” Sloane told media.

“It has been a privilege to lead this footy club and I'm just looking forward to being able to do that on the field next year.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Crows Head coach Matthew Nicks shakes hands with Rory Sloane of the Crows after winning the round 20 AFL match between Adelaide Crows and Hawthorn Hawks at Marvel Stadium on July 24, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Whether or not he is captain for the occasions, the 32-year-old is confident he'll feature in Adelaide's season opener next year.

Speaking on the progress of his recovery, Sloane revealed he has his sights set on Round 1.

“It's going really well,” he said.

“So been back doing a lot of training, a lot of agility, footy stuff and running, a lot of weights.

“So I have trained right through this off-season, it has been big from our high-performance staff and some key people, Josh Manuel, Tim Parham and Sam Dodge have all been incredible.

“The way it is tracking that is what I'm aiming for (Round 1).”

Sloane and the Crows will be hopeful of improving on their 14th place finish to this year after recording eight wins and 14 losses.

The South Australian club will be buoyed by the arrival of Suns forward Izak Rankine along with Sloane's return to the field.