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Delisted tall the “perfect” replacement for departed Crow


Jarrod Brander is available as a delisted free agent after the versatile tall was not offered a new contract by West Coast.

The 22-year-old was delisted by the Eagles on Monday and attracted interest from Carlton during the trade period, but was unable to find a new home before last week’s deadline.

Brander, a former first-round draft pick in 2017, would be an ideal replacement for departed forward Tom Lynch at Adelaide, according to Kane Cornes.

Cornes thinks the former Eagle would slot into the Crows’ best 22 as a third or fourth tall forward.

“The one that works for Adelaide, the best player out of the delisted market is Jarrod Brander from the Eagles,” the Power champion told SEN SA Breakfast.

“Jarrod Brander is the last first-round pick that the Eagles have had in 2017.

“He has been a victim of the Aliir Aliir syndrome, where the coach doesn’t know where to play him. He (Aliir) was a victim of his own versatility (at the Swans), Jarrod Brander is exactly that.

“He’s not a key forward, he’s not a key defender, he’s 195cm, he’s a good size, but he’s your third or fourth tall. He’s Tom Lynch.

“If he’s not in the best 800 players in the country, I know nothing. For Adelaide, he’s 22 years of age, he’s a first-round draft pick, he’s got versatility and you can get him for nothing.

“He is in Adelaide’s best 22 right now. He replaces Tom Lynch instantly, just go and get him for free.

“I think a fresh start would be perfect for him in Adelaide, he just walks into Tom Lynch’s role.”

Brander played 22 games across four seasons at West Coast and was used in multiple positions by coach Adam Simpson.

The delisted free agent window opens on November 3.

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