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Shock suitor emerges in race to sign Brad Crouch


Crosstown rival Port Adelaide has emerged as a shock free agency suitor for Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch, according to Michelangelo Rucci.

The 26-year-old is currently a restricted free agent and has a range of suitors, most notably Geelong who are targeting the inside midfielder to play alongside the likes of Patrick Dangerfield and Mitch Duncan.

But Rucci now believes there’s a “genuine chance” Crouch could opt to stay in South Australia and make the bombshell move to the Power.

“I think there’s a genuine chance that Brad Crouch is going to take the free agency path to Port Adelaide,” he said on SEN SA Drive.

“Brad Crouch is a free agent and he’s going to have suitors and we could see a club champion go to a rival.

“We know Adelaide is firm on where they stand on him, be it a three-year contract, but I think (Port Adelaide) would give him greater terms than he would at Adelaide.”

Gerard Whateley spoke at length about Crouch’s value on SEN last week, saying he doesn’t believe the on-baller should command a deal of more than three years.

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