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Crows coach Don Pyke wants more consistency from Gibbs

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Bryce Gibbs of the Crows breaks away during the 2019 AFL round 07 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on May 05, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/AFL Photos)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Bryce Gibbs of the Crows breaks away during the 2019 AFL round 07 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on May 05, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/AFL Photos)

Adelaide coach Don Pyke has full faith Bryce Gibbs can earn a regular spot back in the AFL side.

Gibbs was the only omission following the Crows’ Round Nine loss to Brisbane at The Gabba, with Wayne Milera Jnr coming in to replace him.

Speaking to the media at Adelaide Oval ahead of the Round 10 clash with West Coast, Pyke called on Gibbs to show more consistency.

"Some of the things he did last week we were really happy with, but the difference of doing it eight or nine times out of 10, and doing it four or five in the other areas, is the gap at the moment,” Pyke said.

"That's what we're working with him to bridge.

"If he's continually doing the things in the three phases of the game that the team requires, then yes (he's in the best 22).

"We have a guy we know is a really talented player that can play some good footy for us, but we need him to play good footy consistently in all the areas of our game.”

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Pyke also knocked back the suggestion Josh Jenkins did not have a future at the club, despite missing selection again for Round 10.

“He came back and played some really good footy last week, so we were happy with what he did," Pyke said.

"His movement was really good, he jumped at the ball really strongly, so it was a great sign after three or four weeks where he had his ankle injury and got that to settle down.

“JJ's right in the mix."

Jenkins last played for the AFL side in Round Four, against North Melbourne.

Pyke said he was confident midfielder Matt Crouch would return for next week's game against Melbourne after missing a second straight match with an abdominal injury.

Fans attending the Crows match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday are encouraged to bring new children’s clothing and shoes for donation to help kids in need across South Australia.

The initiative will assist Crows Children’s Foundation Charity Partner, Kickstart for Kids.

"I encourage all our members to get behind the drive, it's a great opportunity for us to do something for those in our community who could use a bit of help during the winter," Pyke said.