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Crows elevate duo from other sports to main list

Hugh Greenwood kicked an early goal in the 2017 Grand Final - AFL,Alex Keath,Hugh Greenwood
Hugh Greenwood kicked an early goal in the 2017 Grand Final

ADELAIDE midfielder Hugh Greenwood and key defender Alex Keath will be promoted to the Crows' senior list, but the Crows admit they are rolling the dice with father/son prospect Jackson Edwards.

Greenwood and Keath were on Tuesday afternoon guaranteed of being elevated to the senior list after both were recruited as Category B rookies at the end of 2015.

Greenwood, 25, made a successful transition back to football after playing college basketball in the US, playing 15 games in the midfield and averaging 16 possessions per game this year.

Former cricketer Keath, also 25, debuted in round 18 against Geelong and played six straight games.

The Crows will use their last two picks in the NAB AFL Draft – selections 77 and 109 overall – to upgrade Greenwood and Keath, both who have re-signed with the club until the end of 2019.

That leaves them with just two selections at No.12 and No.39.

Both of those are considered too high to select Edwards, who is projected to be in the 40-70 range.

If a rival club decides to put in a bid for Edwards, then the Crows will be unable to match it.

The Crows have nominated Edwards – the son of premiership player Tyson – as a father/son selection in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft and will be able to take him automatically as a rookie-listed player.

"We've been in constant dialogue with Jackson and his family," Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan said.

"They know there is a commitment to take him in the Rookie Draft.

"It doesn't provide with a promise to Jackson or there is one to the club that we will get him, so there is a little bit of risk there.

"We'll have to stick true to our talent order.

"Should he be available after the national draft, then we will certainly pick him up."

The Crows are also yet to re-sign experienced defender Kyle Cheney.

The 28-year-old has played 77 games during stints with Melbourne, Hawthorn and the Crows, but couldn't force his way into the side this year.

"There's no commitment that there's been made there as of yet," Fagan said.