Finals football will be the main conversation among the Crows in 2024, having missed out on the top eight this year in a controversial conclusion to their campaign.

Senior coach Matthew Nicks has the group to steer Adelaide back to September despite a quieter off-season of recruitment.

Pick 8 selection Dan Curtin is the headline inclusion for the Crows, with the Western Australian defender set to join an extensive group of players aged 24 and under who will push for starting roles.

Adelaide's midfield mix will look to expand over the course of the pre-season, while opportunities in defence will be in high demand after some chopping and changing.

The Crows' potent forward line will be a force to be reckoned with in 2024 as a number of attacking options look to reach new heights.

Here's how the Crows could line up next year...


1. Defenders

Matthew Nicks' backline is the area that will undergo the biggest transformation in 2024, having lost Tom Doedee to Brisbane while stalwart Nick Murray will miss the start of the season with an ACL injury.

Murray will make his eventual return to Crows' spine, but his absence will open opportunities for the likes of Josh Worrell and James Borlase, while top draft recruit Dan Curtin is likely to see senior minutes early into the new season.

Jordon Butts is set to hold down the fort in Murray's early absence and could find a partner in Worrell for the first half of the year.

Max Michalanney will likely resume his lockdown role on the opposition's best small forwards after a promising debut campaign in 2023, while Brodie Smith and Wayne Milera will provide some run from the backline.

Adelaide Crow Max Michalanney (Photo by Sarah Reed/AFL Photos)

In a small stint this year, Irishman Mark Keane proved to show strong signs as an aerial threat down back, while potential recruit and fellow Irishman Karl Gallagher could add to Adelaide's defensive stocks.

Rookie Oscar Ryan will be afforded some time to develop his craft but will be another who can provide some run off half-back.