Adelaide has declared it doesn’t intend to recruit the son of a club legend at next month’s national draft, opting against nominating Luke Edwards as a father-son selection.

The Crows confirmed on Saturday they wouldn’t lodge the necessary paperwork to nominate Edwards, the son of dual premiership Crow and 321-game midfielder Tyson Edwards.

The Advertiser reported the Crows only plan to use four selections at the national draft — they currently hold Picks 1, 9, 22, 23, 40, 56 and 6 with plans to package some of their later selections up to trade off and move up the order — and they don’t rate Edwards highly enough to guarantee him they’d match a rival club’s bid.

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It means Edwards can now be picked up by any club in the national or rookie drafts without any bids being placed on him.

“Luke is a quality young man and the club obviously has a long and valued relationship with the Edwards family,” Crows recruiting boss Hamish Ogilvie said.

Luke Edwards of Glenelg. Picture: Dean Martin
Luke Edwards of Glenelg. Picture: Dean MartinSource: News Corp Australia

“We want to be fair to him and ensure he has every opportunity to enter the AFL system and the open draft looms as the best option.

“Like every year, we will stay true to our talent order, which Luke remains part of, but we are not in a position to give a guarantee.”

Edwards’ manager Michael Doughty of TLA said “hopefully he can prove them (the Crows) wrong”, adding there was some interest from other teams for the Glenelg product.

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“We’re disappointed but it also opens up the draft for him and gives clubs time to do a bit more work on Luke,” Doughty told The Advertiser.

“I’d rather them be honest now than drag it out and then they don’t pick him.”

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Edwards’ brother, Jackson Edwards, spent 2018 on Adelaide’s rookie list but was delisted after one season without playing a match.

Adelaide still has to make a call on whether it nominates Next Generation Academy prospects speedy forward Tariek Newchurch and key defender James Borlase for the draft.

All clubs have until Wednesday to lodge their father-son and academy nominations with AFL headquarters.

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