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Season review: Riley Knight

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Jordan Gallucci of the Crows celebrates kicking a goal during the round 18 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba on July 21, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images/AFL Media)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Jordan Gallucci of the Crows celebrates kicking a goal during the round 18 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba on July 21, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Riley Knight only managed eight games in 2018 having battled a number of injuries that kept him on the sidelines.

The half-forward made his first AFL appearance in Round Five but was sidelined two weeks later with hamstring tendinitis.

After missing nine weeks, the 23-year-old came back via two weeks in the SANFL before returning to the senior side in Round 17.

 

Adelaide claimed victory in seven of Knight’s eight games, with the exclusion of the side’s Round 19 loss to Melbourne.

The young Crow kicked seven goals to average just under a goal a game as he moved between half-forward and the midfield.

He played a tagging role on a number of occasions, polling eight best and fairest votes in Round 17 after paying close attention to Geelong captain Joel Selwood.

At a glance:

Games: 8
Goals: 7
Disposals per game: 15
Clearances per game: 2.3
Tackles per game: 4

Best game:

Round 18 v Brisbane

Knight collected 17 disposals and booted two goals in Adelaide’s five-point win over the Lions at the Gabba.

In just his second game back from injury, he was impressive in a negating role on Brisbane skipper Dayne Beams.