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Crows catch cricketer Alex Keath as rookie

A man of many hats, Alex Keath may decide to forge an AFL career

FORMER Victorian cricketer Alex Keath will play for Adelaide next season if he chooses to pursue an AFL career, after signing with the Crows as a category B rookie on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old key position prospect, who initially chose cricket over football back in 2010, is still considering in which sport his future lies.

Keath recently relocated to Adelaide to play grade cricket with Prospect and will juggle both commitments until the end of the cricket season at which point he will choose whether it's Sherrins or Kookaburras that hold his destiny.

As revealed by afl.com.au in August, the Crows were in a race for Keath's services with Geelong and St Kilda.

Adelaide football manager David Noble was excited by the athletic Keath's potential.

"Alex has a strong background in football and he is someone we have tracked closely," Noble said.

"Obviously he has been out of the system for several years, but he was an elite junior and that’s a good starting point."

One of the country's most promising prospects in both sports as a teenager, the Shepparton product was a 196cm key-position player with Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup and was one of Gold Coast's initial 17-year-old priority picks in 2010.

However, in a decision that AFL officials feared would have a domino effect, Keath knocked back the Suns to forge a cricket career.

It went well to begin with, given Keath was a member of Australia's under-19 team that won the World Cup in 2010 under the captaincy of current Australian player Mitch Marsh, and took four wickets for the Prime Minister's XI against the West Indies.

He represented Victoria in seven first-class games and 16 one-dayers, and also played for the Melbourne Stars in the T20 Big Bash, but was cut from the Victorian Bushrangers squad at the end of last summer.