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Crows secure second father-son

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Jackson Edwards of South Australia poses during the 2017 Under 18 Championships portrait session at Etihad Stadium on June 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media)
Jackson Edwards is officially a Crow

Jackson Edwards has joined Adelaide as the Club’s second-ever father-son selection.

After last month committing to taking Edwards as a rookie, the Crows officially secured the eldest son of 300-game champion Tyson on Monday.

Edwards slipped through the National Draft on Friday night and when all 18 AFL clubs opted not to participate in the Pre-Season Draft, the 18-year-old automatically joined Adelaide’s rookie list.

It’s the same path his cousin Ben Jarman – son of premiership hero Darren – followed to arrive at West Lakes last season.

A 185cm, 75kg midfielder, Edwards represented South Australia at the AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging an equal-team high 24 disposals across the carnival.

The skilful and composed left-footer made his league debut for Glenelg in Round 15 and held his spot for the remainder of the season.

Also a member of Adelaide’s Next Generation Academy, Edwards has spent plenty of time at the Club already.

He trained with the Crows last pre-season and also lined up in the trial game against Greater Western Sydney in Preliminary Final week.

As per the League’s father-son rules, Adelaide will forfeit its last available selection in Monday afternoon’s Rookie Draft to confirm his selection.

Edwards joins SA Under-18 teammates Darcy Fogarty and Andrew McPherson in being drafted by the Crows in the last week.

His father Tyson is one of the greatest players in Adelaide’s history.

The two-time premiership played 321 games and finished top 10 in Adelaide’s Club Champion nine times, in a reflection of his remarkable consistency and durability.