Fledgling Crows stretch their wings

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 12 Januari 2013 | 14.43

Adelaide Crows youngsters Sam Siggins, Brad Crouch and Rory Atkins. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: The Advertiser

ADELAIDE expects a number of its young guns to stake a claim for senior action this season after returning from a development camp that highlighted the maturity of its first and second-year players.

Luke Brown and Sam Kerridge are expected to push hard for regular berths after earning debuts in their rookie seasons last year, while Brad Crouch leads a host of untested players looking to make gains.

"Everyone wants to talk about Crouchy but there are a number of guys training well and any number of them could put their hands up and play a game here or there," Crows leadership development manager Paddy Steinfort said.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there was a second or a third- year (player) who pushed up to become a regular contributor," he said.

Adelaide took 13 of its first and second-year players on a development camp at the Gold Coast last weekend and Steinfort was impressed by the professional attitude of the young players.

"There was a bit more maturity shown from the group compared to last year, which was the thing that probably stood out," he said.

"That's a credit to the rest of the playing group ... our leaders and emerging leaders are as mature and professional as I've seen."

The Gold Coast trip - which differed from last year's development camp in that it focused more on education than physical activity - gave the players an insight on what it takes to succeed at the elite level.

They had sessions with world championship winning Northcliff Surf Lifesaving Club, London Olympics gold medal winning kayaker Tate Smith and Australian national team gymnastics coach John Curtin.

"Last year we took them out to the bush and left them for dead for a couple of days," Steinfort said.

"That was about resilience. This year they had a bit of trepidation heading up there because they thought it was going to be the same thing again, but this year it was more about looking at professionalism and developing good professional habits.

"A lot of these guys have come out of under-18s football where they're not really at the elite professional level. So we try and fast-track them into that.

"We've got a fair bit of research that shows us if we can develop their conscientiousness and these habits quicker than other clubs we're going to have a fair advantage."


Rory Atkins, Brad Crouch, Nick Joyce, Sam Siggins, Luke Brown, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Sam Kerridge, Mitch Grigg, Rory Laird, Dylan Orval, Kyle Hartigan, Tim Klaosen and Jack Osborn.

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