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Crows taking a close look at Tasmanian talent


Adelaide will take a close look at talented Tasmanian midfielder Oliver Davis.

The 19-year-old has joined the Crows’ SANFL side as a development player and will debut in Saturday’s SANFL Showdown against Port Adelaide.

Davis won the Matthew Richardson Medal as the Tasmian State League’s (TSL) best player under 23 last year as well as taking out Clarence’s best and fairest.

Former Crows captain and current development coach Nathan van Berlo suggests a Mid-Season Draft opportunity is there for Davis, but insists the club is first looking to see what he can do at SANFL level.

“I believe there would be (potential to pick him up),” he said on SEN SA Breakfast.

“Ollie only arrived this week. He’s been playing his footy with Clarence in Tasmania. He’s joined in for a couple of sessions this week with the boys.

“He’s won a heap of ball at grade level back in Tasmania. He’s coming to have a little run around in the SANFL and hopefully bolster our midfield a bit.

“He’s only 19 years old at the moment so we’re not expecting too much from him at SANFL level, but from what we’ve seen early it looks like he’s going to make us better at that level.

“Who knows, if he plays his role and plays really well, then obviously there’s the ability to be able to pick him up mid-season or a bit later.”

The 182cm on-baller has been named on the wing for the Crows’ meeting with the Magpies at Adelaide Oval which is a curtain raiser to the AFL Showdown between the Crows and Power.

Davis was unlucky not be picked up in last year’s AFL Draft after a dominant season in Tasmania’s top competition, but he could get another chance if he shows a bit in the SANFL.


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