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Lee Gaskin, AFL Media  December 4, 2017 10:12 AM

AFL 2017 First Preliminary Final - Adelaide v Geelong

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Paul Seedsman of the Crows in action during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on September 22, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

WITH the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporter Lee Gaskin has come up with his best 22, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that Adelaide can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly
HB: Luke Brown, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith
C: Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, David Mackay, Hugh Greenwood

DEPTH

General defenders: Kyle Cheney, Tom Doedee, Curtly Hampton, Andrew McPherson
Key defenders: Alex Keath, Andy Otten
Midfielders: Jackson Edwards, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jordan Gallucci, Sam Gibson, Lachlan Murphy, Myles Poholke, Matthew Signorello, Patrick Wilson
General forwards: Ben Davis, Darcy Fogarty, Ben Jarman, Wayne Milera
Key forwards: Harry Dear, Elliott Himmelberg
Ruckmen: Reilly O'Brien, Paul Hunter

NOTES: Half-back flanker Brodie Smith will most of the season with a torn ACL, but is a chance to return late in the year. When he's out, Paul Seedsman or David Mackay will likely shift to defence, while Curtly Hampton will also be pressing his claims. Andy Otten, Tom Doedee and Alex Keath will be considered if the Crows want a like-for-like replacement for Jake Lever. I can't find room for pacey forward/winger Wayne Milera or experienced former North Melbourne midfielder Sam Gibson, but both will be close to selection.