GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Brad Crouch of the Crows kicks the ball during the 2019 AFL round 15 match between the Geelong Cats and the Adelaide Crows at GMHBA Stadium on June 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Regardless of being in the news time and time again about speculation of returning home, Matt Crouch has squashed recent rumours of he and brother, Brad, returning to Melbourne.

Matt Crouch was speaking to reporters and addressed the rumours.

“(Brad) loves it in Adelaide,” Matt told reporters on Tuesday.

“His girlfriend’s from Adelaide and he’s contracted here for another year, so I’m pretty confident he’s going to be here.

“There’s always going to be clubs talking to managers during season, that’s part of the industry we’re in.

“I’m confident that he’ll be here.”

Adelaide has a number of contract issues with up to 12 key players needing new contracts in the next 18 months, and with the Crows in danger of missing another finals series since their heart-breaking 2017 Grand Final loss, securing their top talent has to be a priority.

Crouch also talked about the reports of suggestions Adelaide should trade one or both of the brothers to make way for more leg speed and potentially future picks.

“In this industry, you’re open to difficult people’s opinions and that’s fine, but it doesn’t really bother me or Brad,” Matt said.

“We’re happy at the Adelaide Footy Club and we love it here.”

Adelaide faces the Eagles this week and will need a big result with cross-town rivals Port Adelaide breathing down their neck for the final spot in the eight.

The pressure is mounting on Don Pyke and decisions regarding the list management will need to be made in the next few weeks to ensure success for the Crows continues.