Brodie Smith’s inclusion in Saturday’s showdown between the Crows and Port Adelaide, decided by coach Dan Pyke, was made clear to the Crows playing group this morning at Adelaide Oval.
A devastating ACL rupture saw Smith sidelined to rehabilitation last year during the 2017 Qualifying Final win over Greater Western Sydney.
Smith’s two games for Adelaide’s SANFL side allowed opportunity to impress, collecting 25 disposals against Central District and 32 touches against North Adelaide last weekend.
“I thought he was ready two months ago, the way he was zipping around at training and his intensity and the way he was kicking the ball and moving across the ground,” midfielder Bryce Gibbs told www.afc.com.au.
“It’s like he hadn’t been injured.
“He’s played some really good footy at SANFL level and with what I’ve seen with his application to his training and his rehab over the time over the last 12 months, I’ve got no doubt he’ll be ready to go.”
The Crows will take on Power at Adelaide Oval this Saturday, in what will be an interesting arm-wrestle.