Adelaide have flagged they'll be aggressive in their recruitment approach come the 2024 trade and free agency period as they look to take the next step toward premiership contention.

After successful moves for now-captain Jordan Dawson and livewire Izak Rankine in recent years, the Crows are likely to continue their pursuit of local talent who can aid their endeavours in the years to come.

As the current crop of unsigned South Australians in 2024 might not make a big splash, the Crows could be preparing to chase contracted stars or non-South Australian talent come the player movement window.

After missing out on reported targets Will Hayward, Hugh McCluggage and Errol Gulden so far this year, who might Adelaide be preparing to lure to West Lakes in the second half of the season?

We take a look at five potential trade targets the Crows could consider chasing in 2024...



1. Harrison Petty

An obvious selection after the Crows came hard for the Demons swingman at the end of 2023.

While contracted until the end of next year, Petty could be tempted by a move back to his home state should Adelaide rekindle their interest in the Wudinna product.

Able to be used as an intercepting defender or in attack as a forward target who can pinch-hit in the ruck, Adelaide would gain some much-needed flexibility in the form of the 24-year-old.

His value has taken a hit after a slow start to the season, but Melbourne are sure to take a strong stance in negotiations given how highly Petty is rated internally.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Harrison Petty of the Demons kicks a goal during the 2023 AFL Round 06 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

So what would Petty cost this year if his form remains on its current trajectory? The Crows won't be parting with a pair of first-round picks in 2024, but will need to pay a premium given Petty's contract status and potential.