First-year Crow Charlie Edwards says the demands of pre-season training has  taken some adapting to.

But the 18-year-old is embracing the step up that comes with being an AFL footballer and the professionalism required.

“I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and eating, I’m pretty tired and hungry,” Edwards, told AFC Media.

“It’s been a step up from what I am used to.

“The main difference has been how much we gym and that sort of stuff.

“Being at the club four to five times a week in that professional environment is nice and I am loving it.”

Edwards joined Adelaide after being selected with pick No.21 in the 2023 AFL National Draft.

The Sandringham Dragons product showed his versatility in 2023, with his ability to play across all three lines.

He began last season with the Dragons playing off half-back, before moving into the midfield later in the year, and then proved he was able to impact up-forward when he collected 22 disposals and booted a goal in the Coates Talent League preliminary final.  

Although he was suited to multiple positions, Edwards said he would play wherever he was needed and was just keen to work hard and earn a spot on the team.

“I think for me it will just be about being exposed to that higher level of footy with the ball moving quicker and that sort of thing,” he said.

“Personally I would like to develop a bit more of my inside skills, with tackling and contested ball.

“I would love to play a game, but I know it is not just going to fall into my lap.

“I am just aiming to earn the respect of the boys and get to work.”

Having only been a Crow for a few months, Edwards has enjoyed getting to know his teammates and says they have been very welcoming.

Edwards said new roommate and Adelaide winger Chayce Jones had been particularly helpful, taking him under his wing and giving him advice about how to approach footy life.

“I moved in with Chayce this year and he has been really good for me, showing me the ropes and I am loving it,” Edwards said.

“Jordan Dawson has been pretty big for me as well, he is really good out on the track and is really vocal.

“I think a lot of the first, second and third year boys are getting along really well too.

“It’s a really exciting young group and it is pretty easy to connect with everyone.”