ADELAIDE has a fight on its hands to secure potential father-son player Luke Edwards, one of the country's hottest national draft prospects.
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Edwards recently told other AFL clubs he was willing to use the 2020 season, where he will play for Glenelg in the SANFL, to test the open market and that he was not prepared to make a commitment to the Crows.
Edwards, a midfielder, is the son of Crows great Tyson Edwards (321 matches, including the 1997 and 1998 premierships) and widely considered a first round prospect in the 2020 national draft.
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It is known the Edwards family was concerned with aspects of the post-2017 season Crows camp, which was attended by Luke's older brother Jackson and which was the cause of major fallout and a breakdown of trust between the playing group and club staff.
Jackson Edwards was delisted without playing a match at the end of 2018.
Luke Edwards' manager Michael Doughty, of TLA, met with the Edwards family two weeks ago to discuss Luke's situation and said it was premature for Edwards to seek to determine his AFL future.
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"Both Adelaide and Luke can't make a decision until after the season, and both parties are comfortable where things sit," Doughty said.
"Luke is not shunning Adelaide, and the club can’t make a decision on him until the end of the season. It is up to Luke if he wants to go father-son, and he hasn't said no. That is no different to any other father-son player."
AFL club recruiters, including those at Port Adelaide, are well aware of Edwards' situation and will closely monitor his form for Glenelg in the SANFL.