ADELAIDE'S out-of-favour forward Josh Jenkins is bemused by speculation he's on the AFL trade table.
Jenkins was dropped by Adelaide four matches ago and the Crows have won every game since.
The 30-year-old says anything is possible but believes it's a "fair stretch" to assume he's trade bait.
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The first he heard about the trade talk was when his brother contacted him after seeing a social media post linking the key forward to Hawthorn and other Victorian-based clubs.
"I guess there's a possibility,'' Jenkins told SEN radio on Wednesday.
"It's a fair reach.
"Funnily I had my brother reach out to me ... asking if I was being traded because he saw something was on Facebook.
"I was in this situation, only for one week admittedly in 2017 and got to play a Grand Final (that year).
"Things can change quickly but it would be a fair stretch to make that assumption at the moment."
Jenkins, contracted at Adelaide until the end of the 2022 season, had hoped to have returned to the Crows team by now.
"I also understand there is still 14 AFL games to go plus hopefully some finals footy," he said.
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"It's taken longer than I hoped but there is still 14 games to go and at some point I believe I will be back in the team.
"I'll just back myself, my belief and my ability that I won't be at the lower level long-term.
"I feel like I'll be back in the team soon."