Rejected Crow attracting interest

22 November 2020 18:44:02 GMTPlus11

The manager of rejected Adelaide midfielder Luke Edwards says there is interest in the youngster and hopes he will get picked up by a rival AFL club.

The Crows could have had priority access to the midfielder in December by taking him as a father-son selection in the NAB AFL draft, but have opted against lodging the paperwork.

Edwards is the son of club champion, Tyson Edwards, but that does not count for much on this occasion and he was told the bad news on Saturday.

A strong presence at the top of the NAB AFL Draft, which sees the Crows hold picks No.1, No.9, No.22, No.23 and No.40 in the first two rounds, appears to be the main reason behind their decision.

"Luke is a quality young man and the club obviously has a long and valued relationship with the Edwards family," national recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie said.

"We want to be fair to him and ensure he has every opportunity to enter the AFL system and the open draft looms as the best option.

"Like every year, we will stay true to our talent order, which Luke remains part of, but we are not in a position to give a guarantee."  

Edwards is now available to all clubs without restrictions and his manager says all is not lost as there is interest in the youngster.

"We’re disappointed but it also opens up the draft for him and gives clubs time to do a bit more work on Luke," Michael Doughty told The Advertiser. "I’d rather them be honest now than drag it out and then they don’t pick him."

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