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.”