Sneak Previews – Brad Crouch (Adelaide)

Written by Motts on February 8 2016

Position: MID

Starting Price: $306 100 

SC Scoring History

2015 – Did not play due to broken foot

2014 – 95 points per game from 11 games played

2013 – 87 ppg (14) 

To say that Crouch’s professional career has been plagued by injury is putting it lightly. Adelaide was quick to secure this Ballarat teenager at Pick No.2 in the 2011 Mini Draft (No.1 was Jaeger). After playing at West Adelaide in the SANFL during 2012 (of which he missed two months due to hamstring complaints), Crouch was eligible for his AFL debut in 2013. Shortly after making his debut, his hamstring worries flared up again & had him on the sidelines for a further two months. Despite this setback, he returned in stunning form to finish as Runner-Up in the 2013 Rising Star Award (No.1 was, once again, Jaeger). Crouch struggled with an achilles injury in the lead-up to the 2014 season but still managed to line up for RD1……..only to fracture his leg against Port the following week. He managed to play the last nine games and polled the 2nd-highest in the club B&F during that time (only Rory Sloane had more votes over the last nine games).  

Crouch had been impressive in the scratch matches leading up to the 2015 season, but bad luck struck again with a broken foot in the final NAB Cup game. A mid-year stint in the twos only brought about more soreness in his foot……..the call was made to rest Crouch for the remainder of 2015. 

A closer look at the stats only underlines Crouch’s potential for SC-Beastness (of course it’s a word! 😉 Over the last ten games of his debut season in 2013, Crouch led the Crows in disposals and handball-receives & ranked 2nd in tackles. His disposals count ranked 12th overall in the AFL, level with some kid named Ablett from the Suns. His end-spurt in 2014 produced eight scores over 90 SC pts (five times over 100 pts) from the last nine matches.  

Impressed by those sort of numbers, many Supercoaches earmarked Crouch as potential ‘breakout’ material before the 2015 season. He featured heavily on the Rate My Team thread last year despite his hefty price tag of $510k. Crouch’s terrible run of injury sees him starting at the tempting price of $306 100 for the upcoming season. By all reports he’s been in full training since January. ‘Sauce’ Jacobs was full of praise for the youngster in a recent interview: ‘You can see how good he’s going to be and what we’ve been missing.’ (Fox Sports 18.1.16) Big prediction from Sauce and a huge indicator for Supercoaches everywhere. If Crouch puts in some impressive NAB Cup performances (and gets through unscathed), then he’ll play a major part in Supercoach 2016………..

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9 thoughts on “Sneak Previews – Brad Crouch (Adelaide)”

  1. I knew that he’d had injuries in the past – but not that many. So picking him is a pretty big risk in my opinion. I’m hope like hell (for both our sakes), that he makes it through the NAB cup without any issues. It’s always a shame when we don’t get to see someone realise their potential.

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  2. Injuries are always a concern, but there’s not much you can do about broken bones. I’d be more concerned if he had chronic, recurring problems eg Freeman’s hammies.
    If he lines up in Round 1, at that price he’s a lock. The only concern after that is whether he’s a keeper or a cow.

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  3. Love to see the kid get a clear run at it. Will have a look at him in the NAB games, hard to ignore him at that price if he’s fit and firing.

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  4. How’s this for timing? The following is taken from the Herald Sun today:

    RETIRED Crows defender Brent Reilly says injury-cursed midfielder Brad Crouch can be a ready-made replacement for Patrick Dangerfield if he gets his body right.

    The 203-gamer who was forced into retirement last year after a serious head injury at training says the Crows have recruited well over summer to cover the loss of their best-and-fairest.

    But he says 22-year-old Crouch, who hasn’t played since Round 23, 2014, because of a fractured foot looms as the biggest inclusion of all.

    “They’ve done well, obviously Danger wanted to go home and the players who have come in are not of Danger’s ilk, but they’re very good,” Reilly said.

    “And they’ve still got Crouchy to come in.

    “He’s a gun, he’ll be up there with Danger as one of the best in the competition if he can get his body right.

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