Crows look for older talent

Written By Unknown on Senin, 05 November 2012 | 14.43

David Noble says the Crows are on the search for mature-age talent. Picture: Titus Ray Source: Herald Sun

ADELAIDE has begun scouring the nation for mature-age talent as it prepares to lose early selections in this month's national draft.

As the Crows brace themselves to be penalised for the Kurt Tippett saga, their recruiting team has shifted focus significantly ahead of November 22.

"Depending on what happens with the AFL findings, we thought let's go back in an open spectrum again through all of our state league scouts,'' Adelaide list manager David Noble said.

"Let's look at what all of our options are with all those players who are currently in state leagues, ex-AFL players who continue to fit our brief in terms of our needs. We're exploring all options that we've got with our list.''

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While the candidates the Crows are looking at are unlikely to be of Ian Callinan's vintage - the Central District star was 28 when selected in the 2010 rookie draft - players in their early 20s will be strongly considered.

"(We need) to explore all those avenues again, to go back and rethink about someone you may have looked over because you were essentially going to draft a younger person,'' Noble said.

"So it's someone who might be in their mid-20s, or early 20s, who has missed that opportunity (at AFL level).

"We've got to go back and do our due diligence on all of that now to make sure we've got the right aspects to cover our needs.''

Seasoned performers in the SANFL, WAFL and VFL will be at the top of the Crows' list, with St Kilda already showing the benefits of plucking mature-age talent.

The Saints snared Beau Wilkes (26) from the WAFL, Terry Milera (24) from the SANFL and Ahmed Saad (23) from the VFL this time last year.

All three showed promising signs while playing in the AFL in 2012.

And the Saints continued along this theme last month, claiming 21-year-old Claremont forward Tom Lee in a trade deal with Greater Western Sydney.

"This was a breakout year for Tom where he developed into a dominant forward in the WAFL competition,'' St Kilda coach Scott Watters said.

"He was also a key contributor in Claremont's premiership side.

"Talented, mobile forwards are hard to come by, so he is a great acquisition to our team.''

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