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Crows sign cricketer Keath to rookie deal

  • Crows sign cricketer Keath to rookie deal

Former Victorian cricketer Alex Keath will play for Adelaide next season if the key position prospect chooses to pursue an AFL career.

Keath, who recently moved to South Australia to play cricket after losing his contract with Cricket Victoria, signed a rookie deal with the Crows on Wednesday.

As a 17-year-old, Keath was listed by Gold Coast but the exciting 196-cm prospect chose cricket over AFL.

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He played seven first-class games with the Bushrangers and signed with Twenty20 side the Melbourne Stars but was unable to establish himself in either format.

The 23-year-old will play grade cricket in Adelaide this summer in a bid to earn a state level contract but will join the Crows full-time if that doesn't pan out.

"Alex has a strong background in football and he is someone we have tracked closely," football chief David Noble said via a club statement on Wednesday.

"Obviously he has been out of the system for several years but he was an elite junior and that's a good starting point."

Keath will have access to the club's facilities and fitness staff while he continues to chase his cricket dream.

He signed under the Category B rookie rule that allows clubs to recruit prospects from other sporting codes.

Adelaide signed former Perth Wildcats basketballer Hugh Greenwood as a Category B rookie in September.

The Crows also announced that forward Matthew Wright would not be offered a new deal on Wednesday.

Wright, 25, played 94 games in six years with the club.

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