DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Brad Crouch of the Crows celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 11 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at TIO Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Clubs looking to bid for free agent Brad Crouch – including Essendon and Geelong – have by the end of next week to do so, reports The Herald Sun. 

Adelaide says they’re open to Crouch’s departure should he reach the threshold for a first-round free agency compensation pick, giving them a second top-three pick for December’s draft.

But they could also match any bid falling short of handing the Crows that top-three pick as Crouch has said he is still keen to remain at his current club.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been restricted to just 11 games this season due to injuries,
however he averaged 30 possessions, 10 contested possessions, 4.6 clearances and 3.7 tackles last year in best and fairest campaign.

His manager Gary Winter said Crouch is keen to solidify his future but would not disclose to The Herald Sun the clubs looking at him.

The interested clubs have been told that Crouch is looking for a long-term deal with a high price tag.

“We are getting to the end of the season where all clubs are considering what they are doing so we have made it clear if they have an interest in Brad, next week we will sit down and go through what the options are. There are numerous clubs who will put bids in for Brad and we will work through that with the Crows.”

They believe he would need to have offers higher than $650,000 per season to be worthy of a first-round compensation pick.