ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Brad Crouch of the Crows and Trent Cotchin of the Tigers competes for the ball during the round 21 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on August 16, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Essendon chasing Adelaide young gun Brad Crouch

Essendon heads the list of Victorian clubs interested in snaring Adelaide’s talented midfielder Brad Crouch, who remains out of contract for 2017.

But the Crows, who view Crouch, 22, as a key player in the coming years, say they are ‘’very comfortable’’ in their dealings with Crouch, whose younger brother Matt is also at the club.

While the Bombers have been heavily focused on retaining the dozen players who have been suspended for the 2016 season, they have also eyed off a number of out of contract players and have the likely advantage of owning the first pick in the pre-season draft for out of contract and delisted players.

Sources have confirmed that there is ‘’significant interest’’ in Brad Crouch from Victorian clubs, with Essendon among the most ardent suitors for the inside midfielder, who has played the past six games in his return from injury.

Brad Crouch was among the best afield against the Bombers on Sunday and is viewed as a potential gun if he can avoid the injuries that have plagued his short career.