Crows captain Taylor Walker says he’ll do “everything possible” to take his place in Adelaide’s season-opener against Greater Western Sydney next Sunday.
Walker reported hamstring tightness late in the third term of Adelaide’s final JLT Community Series clash with Brisbane at Hickinbotham Oval last Saturday.
The Club took a conservative approach with the 26-year-old, who took no further part in the pre-season clash.
Speaking at The Advertiser Foundation Lunch on Wednesday, Walker said he had next Sunday’s season-opener firmly in his sights.
“The plan is to play Round One,” Walker said.
“I’ve done some running in the last couple of days and I’ve got an enormous amount of confidence in our PPT (Physical Performance) staff.
“I’m confident. The mind is a very powerful thing.
“I’ll do everything possible to come up for Round One and leave it up to Pykey whether he wants to pick me or not.”
Vice-captain Rory Sloane is also racing the clock put his name up for selection in Adelaide’s season-opener.
The courageous midfielder suffered a fractured eye socket during a contested drill at training in January. Sloane is yet to play a game at any level this year.
“We’re really hopeful with Rory as well (for Round One),” Senior Coach Don Pyke said.
“He obviously missed a little bit of training with his eye injury, but he’s back into running now and we’ll see how he comes up in the next two weeks."
Pyke also said young defender Jake Lever “should be available” to play next weekend at either AFL or SANFL level. The third-year Crow has returned to the main training group after sustaining a minor hamstring strain.
Adelaide’s State League side plays its second trial against last year’s Grand Finalists Woodville-West Torrens on Saturday morning at 11.25am.
The Crows kick off their AFL premiership season campaign against the Giants at Adelaide Oval from 2.50pm the following afternoon.