Young defender Josh Worrell could make his debut for the Club “in the near future”, Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks has said.

The 19-year-old joined the Crows via Pick 28 in the 2019 National Draft and impressed in Adelaide’s SANFL side on the weekend with 20 disposals, five marks and four rebound 50s.

“We really like what Josh is doing,” Nicks said.

“Last week the (SANFL) boys were challenged, South were really strong… that gave Josh a good workout.

“Josh, Fish (Fischer McAsey) and (James) Borlase back there as well, those three stood up and played really strong footy under pressure.

“It’s good Josh is pushing and he’s keen to get up and play at AFL level.

“I think we will see him at some point in the near future.”


Earlier this week, veteran defender Danial Talia was ruled out for 8-10 weeks following foot surgery.

Young defender Jordon Butts, who has played five career games, has stepped up according to Nicks.

“This is a young footballer who has developed over a few years, done his time and learned from the best,” Nicks said.

“He was able to watch Tals (Talia) for a number of years, work alongside him. Kyle Hartigan as well.

“Butts has done the time, he’s got the opportunity and now he’s standing up.”