Former St Kilda midfielder Nick Dal Santo expects Adelaide to be the bounce-back team of 2019, but believes they need to spend the off-season rebuilding trust.
The Crows finished 12th on the ladder this season after making the 2017 Grand Final in a year plagued by off-field drama.
“They’ve got 20 weeks until their first game to build some trust among their players and their coaches,” Dal Santo told SEN Afternoons.
“You’ve got such a good opportunity over the summer. They lose the Grand Final in 2017, arguably were the best team all year, then you watch their footy in 2018… it comes down to trust.
“They just looked at their teammates as they were coming out of the race and weren’t sure what they were going to get.
“Now, you can build that quickly.”
Dal Santo expects the Crows to be one of 2019’s highest ladder climbers.
“I expect them to have a huge turnaround next year,” he said.
“I can see them jumping back up. They’ll be in the top eight, but they need to start getting some understanding, some belief and ultimately some understanding of what they’re going to get from each other.”
Adelaide had a quiet trade period, giving up Mitch McGovern to Carlton and bringing in Tyson Stengle for Richmond.