The depth chart

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 12: Taylor Walker of the Adelaide Crows leads his team onto the oval during the round eight AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on May 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

List changes: Veteran midfielder Sam Gibson and utility Curtly Hampton have retired, while father-son duo Ben Jarman and Jackson Edwards, and key position player Harry Dear, have been delisted. 

DEFENDERS

Key defenders: Kyle Hartigan, Andy Otten, Alex Keath, Daniel Talia

General defenders: Luke Brown, Kyle Cheney, Tom Doedee, Jake Kelly, Rory Laird, Andrew McPherson, Wayne Milera, Brodie Smith

Summary: Experienced pair Otten and Cheney have yet to be re-signed. Alex Keath was solid when he came into the side and will put pressure on Kyle Hartigan. Milera impressed at half-back.

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MIDFIELDERS

Midfielders: Rory Atkins, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Bryce Gibbs, David Mackay, Paul Seedsman, Matthew Signorello, Rory Sloane, Patrick Wilson

Ruckmen: Paul Hunter, Sam Jacobs, Reilly O’Brien

Summary: The Crows could do with more back-up for 30-year-old ruckman Sam Jacobs. Speed through the midfield is another need. Ellis-Yolmen could be traded for more opportunities, while Signorello and Hunter could be delisted.

FORWARDS

Midfielder/forwards: Richard Douglas, Jordan Gallucci, Hugh Greenwood, Myles Poholke

General forwards: Eddie Betts, Ben Davis, Darcy Fogarty, Riley Knight, Tom Lynch, Lachlan Murphy

Key forwards: Elliott Himmelberg, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern, Taylor Walker

Summary: McGovern’s possible departure would leave the Crows light on for key forwards. Small forward is another need with 31-year-old Betts near the end of his career.

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CONCLUSION

Adding midfield speed will be a focus after the retirements of Gibson and Hampton. The Crows have a lot of players in the 27- to 30-year-old age bracket and will need to carefully start blooding youngsters in the next few years and stagger the departures of their older brigade.

Source: Adelaide Crows website

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