Adelaide are open to trading their highest-ever first round pick in this year’s draft to rival clubs.
The Crows currently hold Pick No. 3 courtesy of Carlton after the clubs struck an agreement during the 2018 national draft that sent Liam Stocker and Adelade’s 2019 first-rounder to the Blues in exchange for Carlton’s 2019 selection.
If Carlton maintains its spot on the ladder, it would be Adelaide’s highest ever selection.
Crows recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie told AFL.com.au‘s Road to the Draft podcast that Adelaide were open to listen to any club’s offer for the selection.
“We keep a balanced approach to it, and whether we have it or whether we don’t, and we’re open to listen to anyone,” said Ogilvie.
Ogilvie also said he believes list manager Justin Reid was already in talks with other teams.
Trading away the pick may mean the Crows miss out on the likes of standouts Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson who will likely bolster any midfield they are a part of.
Recruiting manger Ogilvie says the club may instead aim to gain multiple selections in exchange for the third pick, which could be used in improving identified areas such as outside speed.
Ogilvie also says the club needs to prepare for the future with an ageing list.
“It’s an exciting time. The next three years is going to be exciting for us, we’ve got some young guys there who haven’t played a lot yet who need to keep pushing forward and play in the next couple of years,” he said.
“And we’ll probably have some retirements over the next two years, so it’s a really exciting time. Obviously we planned to have these picks pretty high this year and that should help.”