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Why Port Adelaide will not pursue Brad Crouch

Kane Cornes outlines why.

Seven News reported on Tuesday night that out of contract Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch would welcome a move to Port Adelaide at the end of the season.

The restricted free agent would reportedly prefer to stay in South Australia with his management welcome to calls from the Power.

Crouch has been linked with a move out of the Crows all year, given the club’s deep rebuild and the potential compensation pick they could receive.

However, Kane Cornes cannot see his old side pursuing the midfielder.

“He won’t be at Port Adelaide. I can tell you he’s not going to be at Port Adelaide and you don’t need to be Einstein to work out why,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.

“As much as they rate him as a player and they think he has attributes that are attractive, in terms of the make-up of their side the last type of player Port Adelaide needs is a player with the attributes of Brad Crouch.

“They struggle to get Tom Rockliff, Travis Boak, Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper into the same side.

“So to add another midfielder with similar attributes to those four, a player that doesn’t have electric speed or is a really exquisite user of the ball, he just doesn’t fit into that mix.

“You’ve also got to factor in that Willem Drew hasn’t played as well and he’s another inside midfielder, Joe Atley, whether he’s up to the level I’m not sure, but he’s still also on their list, so there’s another couple of young ones they’d like to work out whether they have a future at AFL level.

“So to give a big deal, which Brad is looking for, with his injury history, I don’t think it’s that attractive for Port…

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