Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch was reportedly left “furious” after being told he won’t be receiving a new contract – more than 12 months before his current deal expires.
Nine News Adelaide reported the out-of-form midfielder met with coach Matthew Nicks last week where he was told his stay at the Crows would not be extended.
Crouch was an All Australian and Adelaide’s best and fairest winner in their 2017 Grand Final season but injuries have limited his impact in recent seasons while he has spent games in the SANFL this year, racking up the disposals.
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He has played in 11 games this season – including four of the Crows’ five wins – but could follow brother Brad, now at St Kilda, out the door as early as this off-season.
The Nine report stated Crouch was “almost certain” to find a new man in the coming months despite being contracted for 2023.
“Senior coach Matthew Nicks met with Matt Crouch during last week and told the midfielder the news he’s no doubt been dreading, that he will not be receiving a new contract with the club, effectively ending his tenure at West Lakes,” reporter Will Crouch said .
“Crouch was understandably furious at this decision and it’s no surprise. He’s a former club champion, he’s been a member of the leadership group, and by all accounts a great club man, respected by his teammates.
“Crouch is still contracted for next season which is where this gets a little bit complicated. Because following this recent conversation with Matthew Nicks, he’s almost certain to be at a new club come 2023 – that’s next season.
“And a recent quad injury means he may have already played his last game at the club.”
AFL Media reported earlier this month Crouch was open to finding a new man, and was also on the market last year before signing his current two-year deal in Adelaide.
He looms as an option for any club seeking inside midfield help although, aged 27 with 136 games under his belt, his recent injury woes may keep his price down.