Irish recruit Karl Gallagher is wasting little impressing his new Crows teammates, according to forward Taylor Walker. 

Gallagher joined the Crows from Gaelic football outfit County Monaghan last month after an impressive pre-season trial period in December. 

Renowned for his speed, the Irishman has been training with Adelaide’s defenders over the summer, and learning the nuances of the game. 

Speaking on Triple M Adelaide’s Roo, Ditts and Loz on Tuesday morning, Walker said the 21-year-old was already having a big influence on the Crows’ match simulations. 

“Karl was awesome in our three periods of match sim on Friday, he played half-back and made a great impression,” Walker said. 

“He just seemed to be wherever the ball was, and is definitely picking up the game very fast, which is great.”

Adelaide’s pre-season preparation will continue when the side heads to Port Lincoln later this week for its two-day community camp. 

The Crows will also play their internal trial game on Friday evening as part of the trip, in what will be the players’ first full match of 2024. 

“We’ve got two days over in Port Lincoln for our community trip, which is something we haven’t been able to do for a few years due to COVID-19,” Walker said. 

“It’s a really good initiative and I can’t wait to get over there. Being a country boy I know how much it means to the community and how exciting it is for the town. 

“(In terms of the practice match) I think it will be quite straightforward, and a good hit out ahead of a few practice matches over the next few weeks.”