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Adelaide coach Don Pyke says veteran onballer Scott Thompson will have a slightly different role in 2017.

Thompson, who has played the majority of his 307 AFL games through the midfield, will spend time playing off half-back next year.

Pyke also said it is unlikely the 33-year-old will play every game in what will most likely be his last season.

“We’re talking to Scott about maybe using him in another role as well, across half-back,” Pyke told reporters on Wednesday.

“It’s not something we expect he’s going to be 100 per cent at half-back, but it just gives us some flexibility.

“It’s unlikely we’ll see him play 22 games for us next year.

“Whether that’s through resting or other (decisions), we’ll wait and see how it all pans out.”

Pyke added that Thompson, who has been one of the Crows’ best midfielders over the past decade, is willing to do whatever it takes to help his side get closer to a premiership.

“He’s keen. I’ve been talking to him right through the off-season,” he said.

“He understands this is likely to be his last season and he is keen to do whatever it takes to help us continue to play well.

“He brings a wealth of experience.

“It’s not like we’re sitting on a lot of mature aged players on our list.”

Thompson played 22 games in 2016, averaging 24 disposals, 11 contested possessions 7.2 tackles and 3.7 inside 50s.