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Elijah Hollands: "Crows holding cards close to their chest"


Potential No.1 draft pick Elijah Hollands says he doesn’t know what the Adelaide Crows will do with pick one in the upcoming AFL draft.

Speaking on 1629 SEN SA on Thursday morning, the Murray Bushrangers prospect and self-confessed Crows supporter said the club had given him no indication as to who they might take with its first selection.

“It’s all pretty close knit discussion wise. Adelaide are keeping its cards close to its chest. They don’t really want to give too much away which is fair enough,” Hollands said.

“There’s still a lot to play out between now and draft night as well, especially with picks still being able to be traded, so there haven’t been too many indications of what they’re going to do.”

As for the clubs who’ve shown interest, Hollands said there wasn’t too much to go on other than those clubs’ he’s interviewed with twice.

“I’ve done one round of interviews with most clubs and did two rounds with a couple, so if you want to be really picky about it I guess you could say the clubs I’ve done two rounds of interviews with have shown a little more interest,” Hollands said.

“I’ve done two rounds with Adelaide, North Melbourne, Carlton, Hawthorn, and GWS.”

Hollands, the son of former Richmond player Ben, said he prefers not to know where he’ll begin his AFL career until his name is called on draft night.

“I actually like the build-up. I think me finding out what club I’m going to the same time as my family and friends will be pretty cool,” he said.

The exciting forward-midfield hybrid says he’s recovering well from a devastating torn ACL he suffered in February.

“It’s good. I’m starting to feel like I’m really getting back into things now. The running’s ramping up,” Hollands said.

“You sort of just start to feel every day that footy really is getting closer so I’m starting to apply some curved and angled running to my program which is a big step towards getting back into things.”

Hollands will be nervously awaiting his name to be called when the draft kicks off on December 9th, with the entirety of the draft to take place virtually on the one night, moving away from the two-night concept of previous years.

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