Victorian clubs will join the Gold Coast Suns in chasing the signature of out-of-contract Adelaide star Brad Crouch, potentially leaving the Crows with a chest of early draft selections, reports The Herald Sun.
Crouch had attracted great attention from the Suns in last year’s trade period, but failed to land a move to the Queensland side after his demands were seen to be too high for the Suns.
The reigning Malcolm Blight medalist will likely enter the conclusion of the 2020 season as a free agent, with Gold Coast set to come calling again if Crouch’s price is lowered.
But with the bullish onballer set for the exit at Adelaide, Victorian clubs will look to rival the Suns in hope of getting Crouch to put pen to paper.
However, concerns surround Crouch’s disposal efficiency, with the 26-year-old ranking as the fourth worst for ball use by foot between the top 50 ball-winners since the start of 2019.
Crouch’s exit could mean the Crows are heavily compensated with an early selection, add that to their already predicted early first round selection and the rights to GWS’ first pick and the Crows will be major ball players in this years draft.
The immediate struggles at the club suggest Adelaide will be looking at a finish in the bottom third of the ladder, meaning an early 2nd round selection will give the Crows four picks in the top 25.
The club has taken six selection across the top 30 selections across the last two drafts and could see the 2020 crop as their biggest fish yet.
The Crows have three NGA players listed in the upcoming draft and would strongly be considering No.1 hopeful Riley Thilthorpe, a 202cm ruck-forward utility who has featured in West Adelaide’s senior side.
Tarik Newchurch and James Borlase are also tied to the Crows, with the latter’s father, Darryl, playing 246 games for the Port Adelaide Magpies.
James was born in Egypt while his dad resided in Australia for work, meaning his selection will fall under the overseas-born player category and will be eligible for Australia.
Crows legend Tyson Edwards’ son, Luke, will also fall to the crows via a father-son election.