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Brad Crouch

Age: 25yr 5mth    Games: 74     Born: January 14, 1994    
Height: 186cm     Weight: 85kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #2 2011 Mini Draft by Adelaide Crows
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Brad Crouch Biography

Friday, 22 March 2019
Brad Crouch will play his first AFL game in 539 days when the Crows take on the Hawks at Adelaide Oval in their 2019 season opener.

"He's missed a year of senior footy so he's had a couple of trial games, but there's no real expectations on Brad other than to come out and play," Adelaide coach Don Pyke said.

"Given the year he had last year, he's just excited and looking forward to just playing."

Saturday, 23 February 2019
Brad Crouch takes another step to getting back to his best with an impressive performance in an under-23s trial against Port Adelaide at Thebarton Oval.

"Fantastic for Brad to get continuity – he gets another full game against opposition and he'll progress to his next step, which is JLT one," Adelaide SANFL coach Heath Younie said.

Thursday, 10 January 2019
Crows veteran Richard Douglas says a fit Brad Crouch, who missed the entire 2018 season with a groin injury, will add another dimension to the Crows' midfield in 2019.

"He's really explosive inside and outside the contest. That's something we've probably lacked and we certainly missed him last year," Douglas said.

"He uses the ball really well and he'll complement the guys that have been there really well."

Thursday, 15 November 2018
Injury-plagued midfielder Brad Crouch trains alongside the Crows' first-to-fourth-year players.

However, the Crows are taking a conservative approach with Crouch's recovery given his extensive injury history and won't set any firm targets for his return.

"It’s good to see Brad training before his scheduled return date," Crows general manager of high performance Matt Hass said.

"He has returned in good shape and is progressing exactly as expected. Brad is certainly doing all he can to best prepare his body for next season."

Saturday, 2 June 2018
Brad Crouch will be sidelined for an extended period after being booked in for surgery due to a nagging groin injury.

"Brad's injury is not responding as well as we would have liked to the strengthening program that we have been undertaking," Adelaide football manager Brett Burton said.

"We have decided surgery is the best course of action given this latest setback."

Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Media reports surface that Adelaide may opt for season-ending surgery for Brad Crouch if his groin injury does not improve.

"Brad's still having some trouble with his groins, but like anything, he consults with the physios and the doctors and they've got a plan," Adelaide captain Taylor Walker said.

"Fingers crossed he continues on that plan and we get him back. He's doing a little bit, so hopefully we can get Brad back ASAP."

Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Brad Crouch appears to contradict the statements of Crows coach Don Pyke after admitting to suffering from osteitis pubis.

"I had it since last year, a lot through the season, I had a groin complaint on my left side," Crouch said.

"Came back after the pre-season, started to feel really good and got to the point where I was about to play an internal game about three or four weeks ago, then had an ab strain for a bit.

"When I came back from that after a week or so, I had some pretty painful stuff around my abs and down lower into my groin."

Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Brad Crouch faces up to two months on the sidelines with a groin injury.

"Brad Crouch has been returning from his abdominal strain and in the process of that, he’s flared up groin issues so he will be unavailable to play this week," Crows head of football Brett Burton said.

"Brad is obviously an important player to us and we take a no-risk policy with him given his previous history."

Saturday, 3 March 2018
Brad Crouch will play no part in the JLT Community Series after suffering an abdominal strain at training.

"Brad was expected to play in our intra-club but a minor abdominal strain will keep him out," Crows performance manager Matt Hass said.

"He won't play in our JLT3 game next weekend and will be monitored in the lead up to round one."

Friday, 29 September 2017
Adelaide's Brad Crouch and Matt Crouch are set to be the first brothers in 10 years to play together in a Grand Final when the Crows take on Richmond at the MCG this Saturday.

"It's been a long journey for both of us and we never thought this would happen, so it's a great opportunity for both of us," Brad said.

Saturday, 22 July 2017
Despite fracturing his cheekbone in the third quarter, Brad Crouch plays out the match in the Crows' 21-point win over Geelong.

"I might have to have some surgery early in the week, but hopefully won't miss any games,” Crouch told Channel 7.

Crows coach Don Pyke lauded Crouch for being able to play through the discomfort of the injury.

“It’s fantastic for Brad to play out the last quarter,” Pyke said.

“That shows the sort of quality he is as well as a hard, inside midfielder, to go out with a facial fracture and to continue to play and to perform in the last quarter knowing the game was still on the line.”

Friday, 21 April 2017
Adelaide coach Don Pyke says the club has done everything it can to bring Brad Crouch to full fitness as he prepares to play his first game for the club in 2017 after recovering from a knee injury.

"Obviously with his history, with some of the hamstring problems he's had, we did a fair bit of work in terms of strengthening through his core and lower-leg area," Pyke said.

"So he's got a slight change to how he looks, but he looks strong, he looks fit and he's ready to go.

"We're really confident he comes in in good form and with good fitness under his belt."

Friday, 10 February 2017
Adelaide midfield coach Scott Camporeale expects Brad Crouch to shake off his latest injury hurdle with his hamstring and be a major contributor to the Crows' engine room this year.

"He's had a little setback with his hamstring, no major issues, obviously we're looking forward to getting him back fully fit," Camporeale said.

"We're really confident in the medical staff and the high performance team that they're giving him the best care.

"At the end of the day, it's only a hamstring strain, nothing structurally or anything, so we expect him to make a full recovery and to have a real impact this year."

Thursday, 9 February 2017
Injury-plagued Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch has been ruled out of the JLT Community Series and appears a long shot for round one due to a troublesome hamstring.

"Given Brad’s injury history and young age we won’t rush his return," high performance manager Matt Hass said.

"He won’t play in the pre-season competition as he recovers and we build up his training loads to match level."

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Brad Crouch injures his hamstring for a third time, but the Crows insist he will be available for the JLT Community Series.

Crouch felt pain in his hamstring during a kicking drill when the team returned to training after the Christmas break.

"He's fine, I think he had a little setback a couple of weeks ago now," Crows teammate Daniel Talia said.

"Brad's been tearing up the track and he's still getting to know his body, and probably with his history they're a bit more careful with him.

"Within the next week he'll be back into full training and doing everything."

Sunday, 8 January 2017
Brad Crouch says he is determined to fulfill his potential in 2017 amid renewed confidence in his troublesome body.

"Having that big batch of footy under my belt from last season has given me a lot of confidence and I now feel really good going into next season," Crouch told News Corp.

"It (2016) was definitely a bit of a see-sawing year for me. Early days I was struggling with my body coming in through the pre-season and coming back to running and training.

"I had a few tiny injuries that cost me some form.

"We have a really good opportunity over the next couple of years with how our list is placed and I will just concentrate on what I can bring to the side to help win games of footy."

Friday, 12 August 2016
A desire to repay the faith Adelaide has shown in him and the chance to share in premiership success led gun midfielder Brad Crouch to re-sign for the next four years with the Crows.

The 22-year-old ended months of speculation on Friday when he put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Crows that ties him to the club until the end of 2020.

The deal is believed to be worth up to $2.4 million over the four years.

"It's probably been three or four weeks since I wanted to get it done," Crouch said.

"There's a sense of relief and it's probably dragged out a little bit longer than I thought it would.

"I'm just relieved it's over and I can get into the next three weeks and then the finals series."

Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Adelaide's head of football David Noble says the club is confident of retaining the services of out-of-contract Victorian Brad Crouch.

"We know where Brad is at, we're in constant dialogue and we're comfortable where things are at this point in time,'' Noble said.

"We're comfortable and we believe he's here to stay.''

Thursday, 2 June 2016
Adelaide coach Don Pyke says Brad Crouch will have to prove himself in the SANFL before winning back a senior spot.

"We're really clear, both him and us, in terms of the rebuild for him to get back into playing the AFL footy we know he's capable of," Pyke said.

"How long that takes, we don't know, but we're hopeful it's going to be sooner rather than later.

"He's now had a block of five weeks of training and playing, which is probably the longest period he's had for 18 months.

"That continuity's going to really help him and I'd expect he'll be pushing up really quickly."

Monday, 11 April 2016
Brad Crouch will miss at least two weeks with a hamstring injury.

"Brad has a minor hamstring issue," Crows fitness coach Matthew Bode said.

"We’ve always taken a cautious approach with Brad. He’s expected to be out for about two to three weeks."

Friday, 8 April 2016
Brad Crouch is withdrawn from Adelaide's squad to take on Richmond due to hamstring soreness.

"Brad experienced some hamstring tightness during training on Wednesday,” Crows high performance manager Brett Burton said.

"We will take a conservative approach with him and assess him again during the week."

Thursday, 10 March 2016
Brad Crouch and Rory Atkins are dropped from the Crows team to take on Gold Coast in their NAB Challenge match for disciplinary reasons.

Coach Don Pyke said the decision to omit the pair was taken following a recommendation by the Adelaide leadership group.

"Our players have established a trademark and standards which govern their behaviour both on and off the field," Pyke said.

"In this instance, Brad and Rory did not meet those standards when the playing group had a break from training over the weekend.

"Both boys were really contrite and disappointed in themselves. They understand they've let themselves down and they've let their teammates down."

Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Adelaide coach Don Pyke has cautioned against expecting too much too soon from comeback midfielder Brad Crouch.

"I think it's probably flattering for Brad to get the attention he's getting," Pyke said.

"We're keen, as he is, to get him back out on the park and playing footy. But we're not sitting here going 'if we don't get Brad Crouch back, we can't win'."

Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Adelaide will persist with a cautious approach with Brad Crouch who remains in doubt for the Crows' final NAB Challenge clash against Gold Coast.

Whilst Crouch's return to competitive football appears precariously placed, teammate Brodie Smith denied he or any of the Crows felt nervous for the midfielder.

"We're excited to get him back … I guess it's a little frustrating for us because we are being so cautious with him … we really just want to have him out on the park," Smith said.

"We'll give him all the time he needs so he doesn't have those little breakdowns again."

Monday, 15 February 2016
Adelaide will adopt a cautious approach with Brad Crouch during the NAB Challenge after the luckless midfielder pulled up with general soreness from his starring role in their intraclub match.

"He's not sore in the foot, which is a good thing, it's just general soreness in terms of returning to play," Pyke told radio station 5AA.

"(Soreness is) to be expected - he hasn't played for the best part of almost a year.

"He's a strong, fierce competitor and maybe he just went a bit overs on Friday. So we need to sometimes pull him back a little bit to protect him from himself at times."

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Ricky Henderson says injury-plagued midfielder and Crows teammate Brad Crouch has been looking sharp this pre-season.

"He hasn't played a game for about a year, so I wouldn't have too many expectations on him early in the year," Henderson said.

"He's been training the house down. He's as fit as he's ever been, so he'll be really good for us this year – pretty much a new recruit."

Monday, 18 January 2016
Adelaide ruckman Sam Jacobs says Crows teammate Brad Crouch is set to put his injury woes behind him in 2016.

"He's starting to build back up to the normal training regime," Jacobs said.

"He's obviously really excited just to be back out there amongst the boys and we're excited to have him back."

Jacobs said the hardest thing for Crouch over the past four injury-interrupted seasons was the fact that he's been robbed of his outlet for competition.

"He's a real footballer, he just loves the contest and loves playing," he said.

"That's probably the hardest thing for him … taking that competitiveness away from him, being injured.

"When you're swimming and doing bike on your own, it's hard to get that competitive fix."

Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Brad Crouch is on track to start full-scale training in January as he returns from the foot injury that ruined his 2015 campaign.

"'Crouchy' is progressing well. He’s pain-free now," Adelaide's general manager of high performance Brett Burton said.

"He’ll be on a modified program pre-Christmas and then we’ll assess how he’s going then. We look forward to him being available for round one."

Monday, 16 November 2015
Adelaide coach Don Pyke has moved to ease any pressure on injury-prone rising star Brad Crouch to replace Patrick Dangerfield in 2016.

"I haven't coached Brad but from what I understand he's a talented player who hasn't had a great run at it," Pyke told FIVEaa.

"Losing Patrick Dangerfield is not like you're going to replace him with one player … from a system view point I don't want to create a system that's relying on one player.

"Hopefully Brad can get himself fit and healthy and step in and play a role for us but he'll be part of a midfield that's going to rely not on one guy, it's going to rely on the whole group of them – maybe eight to 10."

Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Brad Crouch will be sidelined again for six to eight weeks after suffering a stress reaction in the same foot that has kept him out of action for the first half of the season.

Crouch was playing just his second SANFL game back from surgery on the same foot when he heard a crack in the opening minutes and left the field.

Adelaide head of football David Noble said Crouch would wear a moon boot for a couple of weeks.

"Brad had worked hard and done everything right to get back and we will continue to take a conservative approach with his rehabilitation," Noble said.

Sunday, 28 June 2015
Brad Crouch could be set for more time on the sidelines after experiencing foot soreness in the SANFL on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was taken off the ground in the opening quarter of the Crows' SANFL Showdown against Port Adelaide and took no further part.

Thursday, 2 April 2015
Adelaide coach Phil Walsh is happy with the progress made by injured midfielder Brad Crouch and is confident the 21-year-old will still be able to make a strong contribution upon his return from an injured ankle.

"I spoke with Brad yesterday, so he's in at the club, I think he's got maybe four more weeks with the moon boot on," Walsh said.

"But he's in good spirits, he's a resilient kid, he's overcome some injuries in the past – we're very confident that we'll see some good footy from Brad this year."

Monday, 23 March 2015
Brad Crouch will miss up to two months after undergoing foot surgery.

Crouch injured his left foot in the Crows' NAB Challenge win over Port Adelaide with scans revealing a fracture.

"Brad has had an unfortunate run with injury in recent years but we know that he will attack his rehabilitation with enthusiasm and look to get back as soon as possible," Crows head of football David Noble said.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Brad Crouch says having his first uninterrupted pre-season has will be beneficial once the season starts.

"I'm sweet at the moment, I've done every session so far – it's been a little bit different to my first three pre-seasons," Crouch said.

"Now, in comparison to last season, my fitness is a lot higher. This time last season I was just starting to run again.

"It's crucial, especially once the games roll around - that's when you get the biggest benefit."

Friday, 29 August 2014
Brothers Brad Crouch and Matt Crouch will play together for the first time in Adelaide's round 23 match against St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.
Monday, 30 June 2014
Brad Crouch's ability to shrug off a lack of match fitness to star in the Crows' drought-breaking Showdown win over Port Adelaide has earned the praise of coach Brenton Sanderson.

Crouch racked up 28 disposals and a crucial final-term goal in his first game back from a broken leg suffered early in the season.

"[Crouch] is one of the best young kids in the game, came second by a whisker last year in the Rising Star…he's still not match fit yet either," Sanderson said after the game.

"Really important long-term player for us but we saw today how important for us he is right now as well."

Sunday, 30 March 2014
Brad Crouch will miss six weeks after suffering a fractured fibula in his left leg during the final quarter of the Crows' round 2 loss to Port Adelaide.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Crows Matt and Brad Crouch become the first brothers to play for Adelaide since Andrew and Darren Jarman.

"I haven't really thought about it too much to be honest," Brad said.

"I know it'll be a good thing – there's not many brothers that get the chance to play with each other – but we can't say to each other 'we want to do this' or 'we want to do that'.

"We'll just keep training and working well together and hopefully down the track we can play in a flag together."

Saturday, 7 September 2013
Brad Crouch commits to an extra two years at Adelaide, signing a new deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2016.

"After a frustrating start to the season, Brad improved with every game he played. The recognition he's received both internally and externally in the past week is a reflection of a very impressive first season of AFL footy," list manager David Noble said.

"We're excited Brad has signed for a further two years, and we see him as an integral part of our midfield for many years to come."

Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Jaeger O'Meara has capped off an outstanding debut season by winning this year's NAB AFL Rising Star Award from Adelaide's Brad Crouch, with Port Adelaide's Oliver Wines finishing third.

O'Meara polled 44 of a possible 45 votes to win by 13 votes from Crouch, with Wines finishing on 26 votes ahead of North Melbourne's Aaron Mullett and Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell who tied on 11 votes in equal fourth.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Brad Crouch earns the round 14 AFL Rising Star nomination after tallying 31 disposals, including 14 contested possessions and 5 clearances, against Gold Coast.

"To Brad's credit, he's been able to have a significant impact as an inside ball winner, whilst also providing important run outside the contest,'' Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said.

"Brad is a quality young man and an exciting prospect. He has an outstanding work ethic and has taken some significant steps in his development.''

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
After averaging almost 20 disposals in three games in his debut season, Brad Crouch suffers a hamstring injury at training and is set to miss a couple of weeks.

"It doesn't look too serious, it might be two weeks but I'm just guessing," Crows coach Brenton Sanderson said.

"It is a setback for the kid because he's been in good form."

Monday, 8 April 2013
Young stars Brad Crouch and Ollie Wines look likely to face off against each other in the first showdown of 2013 between the Crows and the Power.

"A lot of our young guys look up to 'Crouchy' and the way he's been going about his footy and I've got no doubt the Port Adelaide young guys would be the same with Ollie Wines," Crows captain Nathan van Berlo said.

"They set a great example and they certainly do bring energy to the group when they come on game day…we've seen the way Ollie Wines attacks the footy, and Crouchy's fearless as well."

Brad Crouch makes an impressive debut for the Crows with 18 disposals against Brisbane at the Gabba in a 19-point win to Adelaide.

"I've been with the boys for over a year now, so you know everyone well, you know everyone's real strengths and stuff like that, so you do feel really comfortable," Crouch said.

"[But] travelling away, and also my parents came up to the game…it definitely still did feel like a debut."

Monday, 26 November 2012
Brad Crouch says he is ready for the AFL after being forced to watch from the sidelines in 2012.

"I think I'm pretty lucky because I've had the year to develop, so I think that's the big thing. Once you do that there's no reason why you shouldn't be ready," Crouch said.

"I've moved out of home, learning to cook and clean and stuff like that when if I had have been at home Mum would have been doing everything for me.

"So it helped me a lot as a person [and it was] also [a] huge help with my footy as well."

Friday, 16 November 2012
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Brad Crouch is set to make an impact in 2013.

"If Brad's in our best 22, we'll play him and I'm sure a lot of weeks he will be," Sanderson said.

"At the same time, we have to be realistic with our expectations. He only turns 19 in January, so he's still learning and we won't rush him.

"It's been so beneficial having a year to develop him in our system. He knows the game plan already and he's got an AFL body now compared to the kids in the draft pool this year."

Thursday, 16 February 2012
Brenton Sanderson has expressed frustration at not being able to play Brad Crouch after playing well in an intra-club hit-out.

"Crouchy is the most frustrating one because he was outstanding," Crows coach Brenton Sanderson said.

"He's going to play some NAB Cup, but we'd love to be able to play him early in the season proper."

Adelaide's operations manager Phil Harper says there is no doubt Crouch will be a fine player for the Crows in the years to come.

"You can see from watching him [in the internal trial] and from watching him at training, he's going to be a quality player," Harper said.

"He's only young still and he should be ready to play next year when he's eligible."

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
New Adelaide recruit Brad Crouch says his focus will be on school for now before moving over to the Crows to start training.

"My last exam is November 18, so I've got to knuckle down at school now, be able to concentrate hopefully and then after that I'll get all of that out of the way and I'll move to Adelaide and get ready to train,'' Crouch said.

"It's been a pretty nervous wait at school. I've had a pretty busy week, it's been pretty tough to concentrate in class, now I'm just rapt to be a part of it and just to know exactly what's going to happen.''

Monday, 17 October 2011
Adelaide picks up 17-year old Brad Crouch in the 2011 mini draft.

Crouch believes being able to join an AFL club a year early will benefit him greatly.

"The real opportunity of it all is that you get to be at AFL club a year early in comparison to other kids my age," Crouch said.

"It's a huge advantage to have and to be exposed to that opportunity is unreal. I'm pretty excited to be here and [have my guernsey] handed over with Paddy being here. After all the hype I'm happy to have it settled down and be a part of Adelaide. I'm looking forward to starting pre-season."

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