Chayce Jones is edging closer to his first AFL game since September after being named as an emergency for Saturday's Showdown with Port Adelaide.
The ninth pick in the 2018 draft, Jones played 23 games in his first two seasons but has been a notable absentee from the Crows' AFL side this year despite an impressive pre-season.
After a slow start to the SANFL season including a five-touch effort in round three, Jones was switched from the midfield to a new role off half-back a fortnight ago.
After a goal and 14 disposals against Central District in round four, the 21-year-old played his best game of the season last weekend, amassing 15 touches in the first half to finish with 20 for the day.
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"Chayce obviously has been in the system now for a couple of years and he was just plateauing a little bit with his midfield work," Crows SANFL coach Michael Godden told Sportsday SA.
"A lot of midfielders can play back and he's gone back and seeing the game in front of him seems to be working for him.
"He's got explosiveness, he's got the power, he's got the running ability, he's got the execution so now it's just a matter of learning a new area.
"The last quarter against Central last week was excellent and this week he really took another step forward.
"It's certainly working for him and the club - I'm not sure where it ends, but it's great to get him into some good touch."
The Crows' SANFL side will play Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval at 4.05pm on Saturday.