Adelaide has selected Glenelg midfielder Brett Turner with Pick 4 in the AFL’s Mid-Season Rookie Draft.
The 25-year-old onballer can also play wing and half-forward and Crows Recruiting Manager Hamish Ogilvie has tipped him to make a smooth transition to the AFL level.
“We rate Brett very highly and his performances this season in particular have backed that up,” Ogilvie said.
“His early-season form has been outstanding and clearly above SANFL level, he deserves an opportunity, he has done a lot of extra work and presented his body and conditioning in outstanding shape.
“As a player he offers a point of difference for our midfield in he has good speed and lateral movement and can go left and right foot out of stoppage.
“He fits nicely in our age profile given we need to add some quality players in that age bracket and history shows the very best SANFL players can transfer to the AFL and have an impact.”
Turner averaged 24 disposals and 1.5 goals per game in the first four rounds of this SANFL season, including a dominant showing against the Crows in Round Three when he gathered 38 disposals and kicked four goals.
He has not played since Round Four while recovering from a foot injury but has resumed training and is expected to be available to play after the SANFL bye next weekend.
Last year he played 21 League games for the Tigers, averaging 22 disposals and almost six clearances and seven tackles. He also shone in the SANFL Grand Final with 21 disposals, four clearances, six tackles and a goal in the loss to Woodville-West Torrens.
Turner was a West Adelaide junior who played 64 League games for the Bloods before joining Glenelg in 2021.
Drafted from: Glenelg (SANFL)