Pyke confident Crows will sign Jenkins

Adelaide coach Don Pyke remains confident the Crows will stave off interest from rival AFL clubs to re-sign key forward Josh Jenkins.

Jenkins is out-of-contract at the end of this season and is hot property given his impressive form over the first nine rounds.

The 27-year-old has an eight-goal haul to his name this campaign and leads Adelaide’s goal kicking with 26, which sees him fifth in the race for the Coleman Medal.

It was reported on Tuesday that Brisbane has offered him a big-money, long-term deal to move north, but Pyke remains unfazed by the outside interest in his centre half-forward.

“On Josh Jenkins, it’s with list management, it’s an ongoing work in progress and I’m going to leave it with them to get that deal done as soon as they can,” Pyke said on Wednesday.

“Clearly he’s a wanted player and Josh is on the record saying he wants to stay and play, so we’ll let the list managers and the guys get the job done.

“My understanding is that it’s working through the process.

“The parties are in discussions to conclude a civil arrangement for both and hopefully that will be sorted out pretty shortly.”

The Crows thumped hapless Gold Coast by 75 points last week but face a much sterner task when they host third-placed Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

Matt and Brad Crouch missed the Suns’ game through soreness and omission respectively. Both are in the frame to return along with small defender Rory Laird, who has missed the past three rounds with a broken toe.

“He trained with us (on Wednesday) and he’s another who is on the edge of a return,” Pyke said of Laird.

“We’ve probably just got a decision on Rory as to whether the break that he’s had allows him enough training to be ready to go come Saturday or whether he might need a bit of extra time.”

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