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Why landing Dawson could be so “big” for the Crows


Jordan Dawson is expected to choose Adelaide over Port Adelaide for a potential trade.

The 24-year-old told Sydney recently he wants to return home to South Australia and has since toured both West Lakes and Alberton, according to reports.

It was reported last Friday that Dawson had met with the Crows’ football director Mark Ricciuto and even undertaken a medical ahead of a possible shift, indicating that perhaps Adelaide had won the race over their local rivals.

The situation was discussed on SEN Breakfast with Garry Lyon asking the question of Kane Cornes.

“Jordan Dawson fascinates me,” said Lyon.

“I remember this year when he was ripping it to shreds, half-back onto the wing, just went through this vein of form and now he’s being squeezed out.

“It looks like it’s apparently for salary cap reasons. So he’s gone back to Adelaide and he’s got the choice of the two.

“Where do you think he’ll end up?”

Former Port midfielder Cornes feels it will be a massive win for the Crows to get one over the Power having missed out on some home-bound players in recent years.

He also believes Dawson’s attributes are much more useful to Matthew Nicks’ side than they are to Ken Hinkley’s.

“From some reports on Channel 7 he was doing the lunch at Mark Ricciuto’s house,” he said.

“So he’s been to both clubs, he’s toured Adelaide and Port Adelaide.

“The feeling is he’s going to join the Crows, which is big for them because a couple of recruits have recently chosen Port Adelaide - (Orazio) Fantasia and a few others.

“I think they need him more than what Port Adelaide do. Port Adelaide’s priority should be on trying to find a midfielder who can play inside which is where they’ve been shown up. He would really help out on the outside, but he doesn’t help you on the inside.

“For the Crows, another good ball user centre-forward would be a good thing.

“I think he will choose Adelaide and he’ll be a very, very good pickup for them.”

Dawson, who has played 64 games for the Swans, informed the club earlier this month that he wanted to head home despite there being an “attractive long-term deal” on the table.

He enjoyed a career-best season in 2021, finishing third in the Bob Skilton Medal, with that form suggesting perhaps the Swans will not let him go cheaply.

When Dawson’s announcement was made, the Swans’ GM of Football Charlie Gardiner indicated that they would have to assess their options.

“The news is obviously disappointing for the club. Jordan is a young, hugely talented player who is coming off a breakout season in 2021, which only adds to the disappointment,” Gardiner said.

“Given we have only learned the news this afternoon, we will take some time to work through the club’s options leading into the trade period.”

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