ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Matt Crouch of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the St Kilda Saints at the Adelaide Oval on August 03, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

There have been calls for the Adelaide crows to consider trading gun ball-winner Matt Crouch.

Crouch has been out for the duration of the 2021 season and while his absence is less than ideal, the Crows midfield has gone pretty well without him.

As Adelaide look to rebuild their focus needs to be on bringing top-end young talent through the door. One way to secure that talent is through the draft and for that you need draft picks.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Matt Crouch of the Crows handballs during the round 6 AFL match between St Kilda and Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Former Collingwood recruiter Matt Rendell believes Crouch could be used as trade bait in order for Adelaide to secure some early draft picks.

“I’d trade Matt Crouch,” Rendell told Footy SA.

“Because next year I’ve got (Luke) Pedlar, (Wayne) Milera and (Harry) Schoenberg moving into that midfield, and you’re still going to have (Rory) Sloane.”

A free agent at the end of 2021, Crouch will generate interest but just how much he is worth on the open market is unclear.

Crouch was seen as one of the game's best midfielders when the Crows where at their peak but has faded away a bit like the Crows' fortunes. A fresh start may be the impetus Crouch needs to find his best football again.

The Crows have turned to the likes of Ben Keays, Rory Laird, Paul Seedsman and Lachie Scholl to carry the midfield load this season. The current group have seen the Crows rise from 16th in clearances in 2020 to 10th in 2021.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Matt Crouch of the Adelaide Crows thanks the fans after the round seven AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 5, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Laird has arguably been in All-Australian form this year as a midfielder meaning Crouch may be squeezed out at the end of the season, especially if he is looking for a big money deal.