Adelaide veteran Richard Douglas says there’s no reason why a top-four finish couldn’t be achievable next season.
The Crows endured a tumultuous 2018 campaign, finishing in 12th place on the ladder after making the Grand Final as minor premiers the year before.
Speaking to SEN SA Breakfast co-hosts Kane Cornes and Andrew Hayes, Douglas explained why he is bullish about the club’s chances of re-emerging as a premiership threat in 2019.
“We expect to be right back up there,” Douglas told SEN SA Breakfast.
“We believe strongly in our system and our list and we feel if we can get back to playing our best football, we certainly expect to be challenging the top four sides.
“We’re excited by that, we certainly know we had a poor season last year all-in-all winning 12 games which is not a disaster, but certainly from where we came from it was a disappointing.
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“We’ve got some good picks ups, we’ve got Brad Crouch back up and running and looking good, Brodie Smith is flying on the tack as well, so they’re going to be probably our two best recruits.
“You throw in a few other young guys into the mix and it adds to a stronger list.”
Adelaide bolstered their playing personnel by securing forwards Tyson Stengle (Richmond) and Shane McAdam (SANFL) during the trade period as well as nabbing top-20 draftees Chayce Jones and Ned McHenry.