ADELAIDE small forward Tyson Stengle could make his Crows debut in Saturday night's clash with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
Midfielder/forward Riley Knight, young forwards Elliott Himmelberg and Ben Davis, veteran defender Andy Otten and experienced ruckman Sam Jacobs were also part of the travelling party at Adelaide Airport on Wednesday morning, but there was no room in the 28-player squad for midfielder Bryce Gibbs.
Forgotten defender Andy Otten during the JLT. Picture: AFL Photos
Stengle – who played two AFL games with Richmond in 2017 – has made an impression in his first season with the Crows, the 20-year-old banging the door down with 22 goals in 12 SANFL games.
"He's obviously around the mark, we think he's in really good form and he deserves an opportunity," Crows assistant coach Scott Camporeale said.
We think (Stengle) is close to ready, we've just got to make sure what the balance is of that forward line and make sure he's got enough support - Scott Camporeale
"Whether it's this week, we'll make that decision later in the week.
"He's been having shots on goal, that's the most important thing as a small forward.
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"He's getting up the ground, putting pressure on and he's averaging at least five or six shots on goal and we've exposed him a little bit through the midfield as well.
"He's gaining more capacity and a lot of trust with the players and the match committee."
Stengle could come into the side for star goalsneak Eddie Betts, who also made the trip, but hasn't kicked a goal in the past two games, including last weekend's 57-point Showdown smashing against Port Adelaide.
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"We think (Stengle) is close to ready, we've just got to make sure what the balance is of that forward line and make sure he's got enough support, if it is him, or another young player coming into the team," Camporeale said.
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Otten could get his chance if key defenders Daniel Talia (ankle) and Alex Keath (knee) fail fitness tests at Thursday's main session.
"Those guys are a bit sore after the weekend, so he'll come up as one of those 28 guys and we'll see how they train and assess whether he needs to come in," Camporeale said.
Daniel Talia is under an injury cloud. Picture: AFL Photos
"To be quite honest, Andy's probably been our best player in the SANFL for the last couple of weeks, so he deserves an opportunity."