28/02/2024

The Adelaide Crow's have given insight into their plans ahead of tonight's AFL draft night. (Image: Adelaide Football Club Website).

The Adelaide Crows will be preparing for all scenarios ahead of the AFL draft beginning tonight.

The Adelaide Crows will be looking at all scenarios in their preparations for the 2022 AFL draft.

Whilst the Crows national recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie was keeping any concrete plans to himself, he outlined that father-son prospect Max Michalanney will be one of the main focuses.

“Obviously we’re committed to Max [Michalanney]. We’d like to try and get that done if we can,” Ogilvie told media on Monday.

“Then, we’re open to lots of different scenarios as you have to be with future trading and trading on the night. So you don’t want to shut any doors and you want to keep a few open but we don’t have six picks to move around. I like the future hand, the guys have done a great job to get the future hand as well so that gives a bit of flexibility.”

At present time, the Crows have picks 46, 56 and 59 following their recent trade swap with Gold Coast Suns for Izak Rankine.

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He was asked if the club was looking for any specific player characteristics that were being looked at, or if any direction was given by coach Matthew Nicks.

“The only real instructions [Nicks] gave us on this draft was [that the player] love[s] footy, coachable, trainable and love the grind. So, we’ll try to bring some blokes for him who can do that and we certainly think Max is one of those,” Ogilvie said.

Ogilvie also conceded that speed was a factor that did need to be address. However, with the pick-up of Rankine in the trade period, he added that it leaves the club in a position where speed and power isn’t a major focus on the night.

Ogilvie noted that things are “out of his hands”, but said that their father-son prospect deserved to be called out in the first two rounds.

“The great thing is [Michalanney’s] been with us as much as the rules provide over the last couple of years, which is not heaps of time. You know, school holidays and some sessions and rehab.” Ogilvie said.

“He performed well in South Australia. Did a great job playing as an all-round defender. I’ve seen him play on guys that are 198cm in the SANFL so he brings great defensive craft. He’s a quality young man, good work ethic and has a great attitude.

“[His] defensive stuff is really, really smart and he provided some speed, agility and attack for South Australia in the nationals. Hopefully we can have Max in by the end of maybe tonight.”

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