World News – UA – Saint Crouch: Gun AFL free agent names favorite club – and big problem looms


Sources tell foxfootycomau that Crouch, who has played 95 games for Adelaide, has named St Kilda as their favorite soccer destination for 2021 and beyond

The Saints have offered Crouch a long-term deal that includes triggers to extend the contract for up to five seasons

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It is understood that the acquisition of Crouch will have no impact on young Giants midfielder Jye Caldwell, who has a choice between Essendon, St Kilda or stay with the Giants The news of Crouch has not was a shock to Caldwell’s camp as he pondered his next move

As a restricted free agent, Adelaide has the right to match the Saints’ offer on Crouch, which would lead to a trade between the two clubs

But if the Ravens chose not to match the offer, they would receive a free agency pay project selection from the AFL

Where that pick would land, however, depends on how the league views Crouch’s St Kilda contract size

Given the terms of the long-term deal, which is between $ 650,000 and $ 700,000 per season, the Crows could be offset with a draft pick that lands immediately after his first-round natural selection – which would be choice 2


As it stands, Adelaide already holds two top 10 caps (picks 1 and 8) as she plans to continue her rebuilding this offseason by targeting the best young talent in the draft

Crouch had garnered great interest from several clubs including Geelong, Port Adelaide and Richmond, but that declined somewhat after being caught with an illicit substance last month, earning him a ban on two matches

Crouch’s desire to join St Kilda comes just over 12 months after he considered a potential transfer to the Gold Coast Suns – a lawsuit that has not been successful

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The 26-year-old stayed with Adelaide for his 2020 horror campaign, with Crouch managing just 12 games due to a hamstring injury

Best and fairer winner, Crouch has been one of the Crows’ top wind-up winners in recent seasons He was ranked No.1 at the club for average contested possessions in 2020

The Saints advanced to the semi-finals this season, but remained seated in the middle of the table for play and the disputed possession differential

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World News – UA – Saint Crouch: Gun AFL free agent names his favorite club – and big problem looms


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