Crows plan for AFL national draft
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INJURED Crows midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen is off the Adelaide Football Club senior list in the squad refit at West Lakes before the AFL national draft this month.

The Crows also have cut rookie-listed forward Jonathon Beech after three games in two seasons after moving to the AFL from SANFL club West Adelaide.

These are the two list changes at West Lakes on Monday in the lead-up to the Tuesday deadline for the 18 AFL clubs to submit their player lists in the lead-up to the November 24 national draft.

Adelaide has confirmed – as reported by The Advertiser earlier on Monday – that Ellis-Yolmen, 24, will remain with the Crows by claiming the strong-bodied midfielder in the rookie draft if he is not claimed by rival AFL club in the national draft.

The Crows also will seek to claim in the rookie draft Jackson Edwards, the son of 321-game premiership hero Tyson Edwards.

“To be eligible for a father-son selection we must first nominate Jackson ahead of the October 31 deadline,” Adelaide list manager Justin Reid said on Monday.

“There are no guarantees for us or Jackson, but there is an ongoing commitment between the club and the Edwards family that we will take Jackson in the rookie draft if he is available.”

Ellis-Yolmen had his 2017 AFL season wiped out in February when he suffered a right-knee injury in the JLT Community Series pre-season game against Richmond at Etihad Stadium.

Kyle Cheney chases Sydney Swan Isaac Heeney during the 2016 finals series. 
The injured Cam Ellis-Yolmen consoles Hugh Greenwood after the Crows grand final loss. 

The need to rebuild the anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee ended Adelaide’s enthusiastic plans to have Ellis-Yolmen feature in its rebuild of the Crows midfield this year.

Ellis-Yolmen has played 14 AFL games as a Crow since joining Adelaide as a third-round pick (No. 64) in the 2011 national draft.

Adelaide has kept uncontracted defender Kyle Cheney on the list, despite the Hawthorn recruit not playing an AFL game this year.


Finally a positive for Menzel

Adelaide has removed seven from its senior list. The Crows have delisted Ellis-Yolmen, fellow midfielder Dean Gore and Carlton recruit Troy Menzel. Veteran midfielder Scott Thompson has retired. Defender Jake Lever (Melbourne), forward-midfielder Charlie Cameron (Brisbane) and untried midfielder Harrison Wigg (Gold Coast) were traded this month.

Adelaide has added two from its trade moves — midfielder Bryce Gibbs from Carlton and experienced midfielder Sam Gibson from North Melbourne.

This leaves five vacancies on the club’s current 39-man senior list that will become five with Ellis-Yolmen’s delisting.

Adelaide has draft calls 12, 39, 77 and 109 at the national draft in Sydney on November 24 — and two rookie-listed players who merit upgrades to the senior list: midfielder Hugh Greenwood and defender Alex Keath.

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