ADELAIDE will be calling on the match-winning heroics of exciting utility Charlie Cameron as the Crows aim to end a seven-match losing streak against Hawthorn.
Cameron was at his dynamic best switching between the midfield and the forward line in his side's 57-point demolition of Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, collecting 23 possessions, eight clearances and kicking 2.3.
Crows defender Rory Laird said Cameron's increased running capacity had been the key to helping him impact the game.
"You've seen over the last couple of years where he gets his 10 or 12 possessions, but he lights the game up," Laird said on Monday.
"And now he's gone and had (23) and eight clearances and he's really turned it on.
"He can be a really dominant player and he can add that inside and outside flair to our game.
"You saw him come off the back of a stoppage and burst through and he really breaks the games open.
"He can be a super damaging player and he's got a lot of confidence in himself and he can rip a game apart."
Laird was also extremely influential across half-back, picking up a game-high 40 possessions.
In the 40-man All-Australian squad last year, Laird's focus is helping the Crows beat the Hawks at the MCG on Saturday and break a drought stemming back to round one, 2011.
"You've always got to respect Hawthorn," Laird said.
"I haven't beaten them since I started playing.
"They're obviously a very dangerous side, they didn't get the result on the weekend, but you know what they bring every week.
"You've got the personnel there, you've got the experience there so we've got to prepare the best we can."
The Crows face a selection headache with captain Taylor Walker and key defender Jake Lever set to return from hamstring injuries.
"Tex was precautionary last week, so I think he's ready to go this week," Laird said.
"Jake had his first game back and from all reports played well and got through it unscathed.
"It's tough on the selection committee with how everyone played this week."