Adelaide utility Jordan Dawson says he is enjoying being back in SA’s footy bubble.

But even a match-winner like Dawson likes to switch off every now and then - that’s where Maggie comes in to help.

Maggie is a nine-month old purebred border collie that became part of Dawson and his partner Milly’s home in September last year.

Speaking on this week’s episode of The Crows Show, the 25-year-old said Maggie was a welcomed addition and she even sometimes helped him work on his footy skills.

“She’s a good girl, she’s starting to figure things out now, which is nice,” Dawson said.

“We love coming down here to Unley Oval a fair bit and running her around with the other dogs.

“She loves taking ground balls, Maggie. Whenever there is a footy out here she’s all over it.

“I think next year she’ll probably be able to come for runs with me.

"Whenever there is a footy out here she’s all over it.

“But it’s good to just stay mentally switched off football and be able to get out of the house, I think it’s good for everyone.”

Dawson grew up in Robe, a beach town along the state’s Limestone Coast with his mum, dad, brother and sister.

He played many different sports but Aussie Rules quickly became his passion.

It wasn’t long until his talent was spotted and Dawson went on to star in college football games with Scotch, while earning a SANFL league debut with Sturt.

He played five games with the Double Blues before being snapped up by Sydney with pick No. 56 at the 2015 AFL National Draft.

“It was a great time in my football career, the sort of unknown of whether you’re going to get drafted,” Dawson said.

“Being able to play out here - as the SANFL guys know - the fans are very vocal and very passionate.

“I am very thankful to the Sturt Football Club and it’s really nice to be living close to here and seeing a lot of the boys who I played with around.”

After six years of being on Sydney’s list, Dawson was ready to return to SA and be closer to family.

A trade between the Swans and Adelaide finally got done and Dawson quickly cemented himself as a fan favourite - especially after kicking a goal after the siren to beat Port Adelaide in the Showdown this year.

“Growing up watching the Showdowns and those sorts of things, I definitely took a lot of pride in watching the Crows play and win,” Dawson said.

“It probably became a bit more real last year speaking to Nicksy and the Crows and I suppose that’s when I sort of realised that it might become a reality.

“Definitely to play for a team that I barracked for as a kid is a real bonus.

“Every kid dreams of that (kicking a goal after the siren). To get the first win as well with the new Club was the most important thing for me.”

Also on The Crows Show, Zac Taylor joins Adelaide defender Tom Doedee to discuss his Whopper Moment, while Rory Laird and Reilly O'Brien get their hands on a brand new Toyota Kluger to do some trick shots.

The Crows Show airs on Channel 7 on Saturday at 4.30pm.