Adelaide co-captain Taylor Walker is calling on the AFL to give more support to the struggling Gold Coast Suns.
The Queensland side suffered its second 90-point loss in two weeks against the Crows on Saturday and drew the criticism of former Lions captain Jonathon Brown.
Walker told Triple M’s Roo & Ditts the AFL should be pushing for senior players to guide the Suns’ young core.
“I don’t think draft picks are going to help,” Walker said.
“What I would say is I’d like the AFL to help them get some experienced players because I did feel for some of the young kids.
“It’s not what the AFL is about, getting beaten by 100 points consecutive weeks.”
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Walker pointed to Luke Hodge and Brisbane as a prime example of an experienced player having a strong impact on a young group.
“The way he’s gone up to Brisbane, you’d imagine he’s helped with their success this year,” Walker said.
“To see a guy like that go up there and help develop those kids... it would go a long way for their (Gold Coast’s) success.”
Brisbane sit third on the ladder after a 48-point win over Port Adelaide on Sunday.
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Power vice-captain Hamish Hartlett congratulated members of the opposition after the match, saying they were a chance for the premiership.
When asked his thoughts about the praise, following a loss, Walker said he was “all for that”.
“Good on him, (it’s) honesty and sportsmanship,” Walker said.
“It wasn’t a deep conversation, he just paid credit when credit was due.
The Crows will host an open training session at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday from 9.30am.