PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Rory Sloane of the Crows speaks to the huddle at the start of the game during the 2017 AFL round 23 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Domain Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)

Captain Rory Sloane will be one of the most experienced players at West Lakes in 2020

Adelaide’s list rejuvenation is rapidly taking shape, with the Crows transitioning from the third-oldest playing group to being in the bottom third of the competition when the 2020 season gets underway.

The Crows’ average age of 23.87 years ranks 12th in the AFL, with Collingwood (24.88) having the oldest list and Gold Coast (23.41) the youngest.

OLDEST, YOUNGEST, MOST EXPERIENCED: See the full list breakdown of each club

Going into Round One, 2019, the Crows had 16 players aged 27 or older.

This included six players in the 30-plus bracket, including the now departed quartet of Eddie Betts, Richard Douglas (both 32), Sam Jacobs and Josh Jenkins (both 30). 

Looking ahead, the Crows will take just three players over the age of 30 into Round One next March. 

David Mackay and Bryce Gibbs will both be 31 for the season opener at Adelaide Oval, while captain Rory Sloane will celebrate his 30th birthday four days before what is set to be his 200th AFL game.

Adelaide’s age breakdown at Round One – 2019 v 2020

Season

Average Age

AFL Rank

18-21yo

22-26yo

27-29yo

30+

2019

24.76

3rd

14

14

10

6

2020

23.87

12th

17

16

7

3

Adelaide lost 1,139 games of experience over the off-season, going from the third most experienced list in the AFL to the 13th in 2020.

While Betts (316 AFL games), Douglas (246) and Jacobs (201) are no longer at West Lakes, the Crows retain a solid core of experienced players heading into next season. 

Gibbs (265), Mackay (220) and Sloane (199) also headline the list of games played, with Taylor Walker (189) and Daniel Talia (186) likely to also join the 200-game club in 2020.

Adelaide’s matches breakdown – 2019 v 2020

Season

Matches

AFL Rank

<20

21-50

51-100

101-150

151+

2019

71.4

3rd

20

4

6

6

8

2020

59.19

13th

21

5

5

6

6

Brodie Smith (167 games) and Luke Brown (150) played milestone games last season, while Adelaide also has five players in Rory Laird, Tom Lynch, Matt Crouch, Paul Seedsman and Kyle Hartigan who have all raised the bat to celebrate 100 games.

The Crows still have one list spot open for 2020, with the option to fill it during the pre-season supplemental selection period (SSP) before its closure in March or the mid-season rookie draft.

https://www.afc.com.au/news/2019-12-04/the-changing-list-profile-at-west-lakes