The unfortunate season ending injury to Cam Ellis-Yolmen can only benefit Curtly Hamptons chances of securing a place in the Crows midfield in 2017.

The Crows take on Geelong in a pre season clash on Sunday with a number of first choice players expected to be rested.

Hampton (pictured) says after advice from coach Don Pyke about working on his fitness in the off season, he’s returned to the club in better condition than ever before and he hopes a permanent spot in the midfield  will be his reward.