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Ryan Smith  March 16, 2016 3:25 PM

Adelaide 2015 - Training, Jan 13

James Podsiadly at training

I can’t thank them enough for what we’ve done together during pre-season, they’ve made my transition a lot easier.

Crows Assistant Coach James Podsiadly is happy with what he has seen from the team during the pre-season, but acknowledges there are still things to work on heading into Round One.

Adelaide rounded out its NAB Challenge with a 25-point win over Gold Coast on Friday night to follow on from a 100-point win over West Coast and a two-point loss to Fremantle.

“I think like any club in the competition right now there are still areas of improvement but I think we have a really good healthy list, which is a big tick to our medical staff and our fitness staff,” Podsiadly told radio station FIVEaa.

“From a game plan roll out point of view I think we’ve seen enough improvement and enough change so we are pretty happy.”

Podsiadly said fans would have seen Adelaide players take the game on during the pre-season.

“I think what you saw on the weekend is take what the opposition give you and I think that’s the way we are coaching our players,”

“Their [Gold Coast’s] pressure was really good around the contest and around the ball so I think we potentially over handballed a little bit but at the same time I thought our handball actually got us out of trouble.”

Round One will be Podsiadly’s first regular season game as an Assistant Coach after retiring as a player last year.

He said the playing group had helped make the transition a smooth one.

“Going from playing to coaching pretty quickly it’s quite daunting because you don’t know how you’re going to received but the guys I’m working with have had a heap of respect for my role and they’ve been really accommodating,” he said.

“I can’t thank them enough for what we’ve done together during pre-season, they’ve made my transition a lot easier.”