Adelaide list manager Justin Reid says new recruit Jordan Dawson will add versatility and leadership to a developing Crows side.

The Crows secured highly-talented Dawson via a trade with Sydney on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old South Australian has played 64 games since being drafted by Sydney in 2015 and finished third in the Swans’ best-and-fairest this year.

Speaking to media after the deal was complete, Reid said signing Dawson was a coup for the Club’s culture and its on-field rebuild.

“Jordy has played 60-odd games but to bring him in at the age of 24, we think he’s certainly got plenty of good footy ahead of him,” Reid said.

“He’s played through the wing, half-back and through the midfield.

“(We see him) using his weapons and his ball use inside-50 but Jordy’s approach to this is that we’ve got a squad mentality and he just wants to play his role.

“Not only from an on-field perspective, he’s a quality young man and we are excited to get Jordy and his partner Milly to the Football Club.”

"He’s a quality young man and we are excited to get Jordy and his partner Milly to the Football Club.

Dawson has landed at Adelaide in exchange for Melbourne’s future first-round draft selection, which the Crows acquired in a four-club trade last week.

The Club still holds pick No. 4 ahead of the AFL National Draft next month.

Reid said the deal to secure Dawson was “fair and reasonable”.

“Our priority prior to the Trade Period was to still hold a strong draft hand but also to bring Jordy into the Football Club,” Reid said.

 “We had a focus on bringing Jordy into the Club and we’ve executed that and we’ve also got a stronger draft  hand than what we had prior.

“We’ve done a fair bit of work around that so now we’ll focus on the draft going forward. 

“We’ve got a huge respect for the Sydney Football Club… (and) we are just really happy to bring Jordy into the football Club.”