MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Tom Lynch of the Crows looks dejected after a loss during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Adelaide attracted the attention of the AFL community last week when they announced veteran duo Tom Lynch and Daniel Talia would not be offered new deals for the 2022 season.

The twin decisions come amid a list rebuild at West Lakes, with both Lynch and Talia now past their best football.

However, the former featured for the Crows on the weekend and was one of Matthew Nicks' best performing players in the loss to Melbourne.

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The performance sparked some intrigue from Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes, who believes the Crows may have made a mistake in letting go of two experienced players.

“It’s a really interesting strategy,” Cornes said on SEN.

“I admire the conviction of it, I’m not sure they’ve got it 100 per cent right.

“Cleary it’s an audition for him (Lynch) for other clubs, which I’m glad he’s had the opportunity to do.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18: Crows players, Tom Lynch, Paul Seedsman, Tom Doedee slump to the ground after the loss of the 2021 AFL Round 05 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on April 18, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Sarah Reed/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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“He’s in their best team and I wouldn’t be getting rid of players at that age who are in your best team. The same with (Daniel) Talia.

“Strange one for me. I think Tom Lynch could be another one to come back and bite them.”

Lynch has played 157 games for the Crows since moving across from St Kilda ahead of the 2012 season.

The 30-year-old is tipped to gain interest from several rival clubs this off-season, as will Talia.

Following the announcement of the club's decision to part ways with Lynch, the versatile forward said he would explore his options for the future.

Adelaide will also be wary of the situation surrounding restricted free agent Matt Crouch, who is understood to be on offer to rival clubs for next season.