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Adelaide is keen on Tigers small forward Tyson Stengle

ADELAIDE has Richmond small forward Tyson Stengle on its radar, as the out-of-contract Tiger weighs up his future.

Stengle was drafted by the Tigers as a rookie at the end of 2016 from South Australia and played two senior games last year.

However, he couldn't break into their line-up this year despite kicking 33 goals from 19 games at VFL level.

AFL.com.au understands the Crows are among the clubs who have shown interest in the 19-year-old, who will head back to Adelaide after Richmond's season to consider his decision.

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The Tigers are believed to be keen to keep Stengle at the club, with the likelihood of a two-year deal to be put forward, but Stengle has put his call on hold until Richmond's finals campaign is over with the belief he is ready to play regular senior football.

Hurting that cause at Punt Road is the surplus of small forwards at coach Damien Hardwick's disposal, including star Daniel Rioli, premiership pair Jason Castagna and Dan Butler and the emergence of Jack Higgins this season. 

Another lively Tigers goalkicker, Shai Bolton, is also out of contract at the end of this season.

Adelaide's leading small goalkicker Eddie Betts has booted 273 goals in 111 games since crossing to the Crows at the end of 2013, but will turn 32 later this year.

The targeting of Stengle, who is a nephew of Sydney great Michael O'Loughlin, highlights the need for another emerging small forward option to add to the club's stocks.

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