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Edwards eyes extending career with Crows

By Daniel Brettig 04/06/2008 05:19:13 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide veteran Tyson Edwards is bullish about his prospects of extending his AFL career beyond 2008, despite the Crows' trend towards jettisoning a handful of elders each year.

Almost 32, Edwards is the second oldest player on Adelaide's list, born two days after Andrew McLeod in August 1976.

Over the past decade or so he has earned a reputation as one of the league's most courageous, skilful and underrated players, consistently winning plenty of the ball and using it with aplomb.

However Edwards has shown less frequent glimpses of that quality in 2008, unable to adapt with quite the same ease to the more peripheral roles handed to him, McLeod and Simon Goodwin.

After Ben Hart and Matthew Clarke in 2006 and Mark Ricciuto, Jason Torney and Ian Perrie last year, Edwards would appear next as the Crows continue their unsentimental drive to re-populate one of the league's oldest playing rosters.

Crows coach Neil Craig has indicated that he will wait until later in the year before making any decisions on the likes of Edwards, Brett Burton, Goodwin, McLeod and injured ruckman Rhett Biglands.

Edwards backed himself to show he deserved a run for the club in 2009.

"Absolutely, I haven't put a date or a year on when I finish up, if I'm still enjoying it and playing good footy that's the main thing, I'll put my hand up to go again," he said.

"I'm just enjoying the game, that's how you start, I still love playing well and winning, when you get older you get the chance to help younger guys too, so I'm still enjoying it."

Edwards said he was aware of the club's harsh approach once players passed the age of 30 but felt it was not necessary as a motivating force.

"I can't do much about it anyway. That's fine, we understand the club's view and if you're playing good footy there won't be a problem," he said.

"I don't really need that (motivation) to keep playing good footy, at that age everyone wants to play good footy all the time so you don't necessarily need that, but if you keep playing good footy the odds are in your favour."

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