Rory Sloane of the Crows and Nathan Wright of the Saints chase the ball.
Rory Sloane of the Crows and Nathan Wright of the Saints chase the ball. DAVID MARIUZ

'Get it done': AFL great urges Crows to get help for Sloane

ADELAIDE should bank on trying to win a flag by making another play for Bryce Gibbs or risk finishing "third forever", according to five-time premiership great Dermott Brereton.

The Crows moved back to the top of the AFL ladder on Friday night when they recorded a convincing 57-point victory over the Saints at the Adelaide Oval.

It improved Adelaide's record on the season to 9-3, with Don Pyke's side right in the premiership hunt following a superb start to the campaign.

However, with doubts still lingering over the team's midfield depth and its heavy reliance on Brownlow fancy Rory Sloane, Brereton believes another move for Gibbs is inevitable.

The Carlton star - and South Australian native - requested a move to Adelaide during last year's exchange period, but the Crows were unable to agree on a suitable trade with the Blues.

But even if it means paying overs for Gibbs at season's end, Brereton believes Adelaide should do all they can to get the deal done.

"Too often we look ahead to the future and say 'let's bank on the future'," Brereton said during Fox Footy's coverage of the clash.

"Grand finals are too hard to win, (so) if you're Adelaide and you think you can win with Gibbs, get it done. Even if you pay overs for him, get it done."

Crows too good: Saints crushed by Adelaide
Crows too good: Saints crushed by Adelaide

Fremantle champion Matthew Pavlich disagreed with Brereton's assessment, suggesting Adelaide has done a good job in trying to balance its present ambitions without selling its future.

The Crows kept their draft picks last year, rather than making a move for Gibbs, recruiting Jordan Gallucci (Pick 15) and Myles Poholke (Pick 44) with their first two selections.

"It's not mutually exclusive - you try to do both, frankly," Pavlich said.

"You try to win and plan for the future. In Adelaide, they want to win it this year. You can hear the noise that's happening from over there.

"But you have to have a plan for the future - you don't give away early picks."

However, Brereton compared Adelaide to Hawthorn, suggesting his former club sold the farm for three flags - paying overs for players who went on to become premiership stars.

"I look at my old club and they're suffering now, but they won three in a row because they identified players and said 'you know what? We do need him. They want more than what we really think he's worth, but we need him. Pay it and get him'," Brereton said.

"They won three in a row. Get the job done to win a premiership.

"It's like the Saints - they've won one in 125 years - get the job done to get the right team in.

"Do you want to finish third forever? Because you could finish third or fourth forever."