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Adelaide CEO confident gun free agent will remain a Crow beyond 2023


Adelaide CEO Tim Silvers is confident that restricted free agent Tom Doedee will remain at the club beyond 2022.

Doedee, who has played 76 games for Adelaide since being taken with pick No. 17 in the 2015 Draft, comes off contract at the end of the season.

Hailing from the Geelong Falcons, the intercept defender will be a target for Victorian clubs but Silvers is confident that the 26-year-old will extend his time at West Lakes.

“I don’t have a specific update as yet,” Silvers told SEN's Sportsday.

“But I’m confident in that Tom will stay with our footy club.

“He’s in his eighth year and he’s been a terrific servant.

“He’s a wonderful leader, a great person and he’s been part of this build.

“I think he’s really invested in the club, and we hope to open negotiations on his contract in the coming weeks.

“Like I said, I’m really confident he’ll be a Crow next year.”

With the Crows first trying to secure their existing talent, Silvers also confirmed that the club will target players from rival clubs this off-season in trade and free agency.

After securing the likes of Jordan Dawson and Izak Rankine in the last two off-seasons, Silvers says the club is after the tagline of a destination club.

“That’s the tagline we’re after,” Silvers said.

“We’re starting to build what we think is a really good culture, we’ve got a great coach in Matthew Nicks, and we’ve got some really talented players that want to play for our club and stick with our club.

“We think we’re doing the right things, there’s no doubt we’ll target some talent to add to our list next year.

“But we also think we’ve got a pretty solid base and we’ve got to retain the talent we have which we probably haven’t in the past.

“Focus on our own backyard, but we know we need a sprinkling of elite talent.

“When we look at trading in players or free agents, it needs to be more targeted on our needs and not necessarily just South Australians.”

Adelaide have started the 2023 season strongly as they sit 3-2 through five rounds with three consecutive victories now under their belt.

The Crows next face the Hawks at UTAS Stadium next Sunday.

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