Adelaide CEO Andrew Fagan says the Crows are not ruling out trading draft picks in order to secure potential number one pick Jack Lukosius.
The South Australian prospect has been described as a “once in a generation” key forward and has been widely tipped to be the first name read out when the draft takes place later this year.
With picks 8, 13, 19 and 37 up their sleeve, Adelaide have some ammunition to work with in their endeavours to strike a deal to bring Lukosius to the club.
“Our recruiting staff of Justin Reid, Hamish Ogilvie and the crew, they’re certainly bullish about some of the players in this year’s draft, including some of the South Australian kids and Jack’s one of those,” Fagan told SEN Afternoons.
“Clearly he has immense talent and they’re looking at every option, not just for Jack, but for a bunch of those top end talents.
“There’s a lot to play out between now and draft night. Ultimately, just like any other list management team, they will have their two different options that will have a series of assumptions built into them.
“Let’s confirm that he is someone that we would love to see at the football club and we certainly enter the draft in a strong positon with regards to our picks that we hold.”
While Fagan was open in his admiration for the 18-year-old, he stressed that there’s plenty of water to go under the bridge between now and draft night.
“We’re open to anything and that remains our position, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens, there’s a few months to go yet,” he added.
“They would have 73 different models right now, and I’m sure one of them will have getting pick one.
“There’s lots of models that they’ve worked through that they’ve presented back and they will continue to reiterate those now and in the back end of November.”
Aside from Lukosius, fellow South Australians Izak Rankine, Connor Rozee and Jackson Hately are all expected to be taken in the first round at this year’s draft.
Victorian duo Sam Walsh and Max King are also in the mix to be taken at pick one.
Listen to Adelaide CEO Andrew Fagan's chat on SEN Afternoons with Andy Maher in the player below