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June 22, 2016 6:10 PM

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: Brad Crouch of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 02 match between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 2, 2016. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: Brad Crouch of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 02 match between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 2, 2016. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

Brad Crouch has been recalled for Adelaide’s blockbuster Thursday night clash with the Kangaroos.

Crouch replaces wingman Paul Seedsman, who injured his hamstring at training.

It’s the only change to the Crows team that beat West Coast in Perth prior to the bye.

Wayne Milera Junior, Ricky Henderson and Andy Otten are the emergencies.

Crouch, 22, returns after a solid block of playing and training form.

The promising midfielder, who missed the entire 2015 AFL season because of a foot injury, also had an interrupted start to this year. He played the opening two games in the senior team, including one against North Melbourne, before suffering a hamstring strain.

Crouch made his comeback against the Western Bulldogs in Round Seven. He also played against Geelong the next week, but was left out of the team ahead of Adelaide’s clash with Gold Coast.

Crouch built his form steadily over three SANFL games. He racked up 37 possessions, 10 tackles, seven clearances and six inside 50ms in Adelaide’s most recent State League match against Norwood.

Coach Don Pyke said Crouch was well prepared to return on Thursday night.

“I’ve been really pleased with Brad’s last month, not only the way he’s played but the way he’s attacked his training,” Pyke said.

“We’ve been working with Brad on that continuity, but also that style of play (and getting) back to the capacity we know he’s capable of playing at. The touches and tackles are great, but some of his running and work off the ball we were really happy with too.

“He’s done everything right. He’s kept a really positive and mature attitude towards it.”

Thursday’s game starts at 7:20pm (local time). Gates open at5.15pm. Full match day information is available here.

About 1,000 tickets are still available including General Admission and reserved seats.

The Crows will be looking for redemption for their Round One loss to the Roos at Etihad Stadium.

See all the stats that matter ahead of the big game

Milera, Henderson and Otten will line up in Adelaide’s SANFL clash with Central District at Elizabeth on Saturday if not required at AFL level. Ticketed Crows members receive free entry to the Club’s SANFL games.

The team is:
IN – Brad Crouch
OUT – Paul Seedsman (hamstring)