Adelaide forward Taylor Walker has opened up about a difficult two years with the Club following the Grand Final loss in 2017.
The former captain admitted he even questioned his future at the end of 2018 amid ongoing external pressure.
“There were times when I wouldn’t go out because I wouldn’t want to see supporters, or people in the general public because they’d have their opinions… you’d get sick of hearing it,” Walker told AFL Media’s Damian Barrett.
“Your mind starts to think, is this the best place for me?
“How long do I have left in my career? Do I step aside? Do I stay on… I’d imagine a lot of players would bounce from things like that.”
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Despite the thought, Walker told Barrett his love for the Club overruled the fleeting idea.
“In the end, there was no way in the world I could leave this footy club,” he said.
“I came to the decision that I’m a loyal person and that I still have a lot to give.
“The young group needs me and I can give a lot to this footy club towards the end of my career.”
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Walker is contracted at the Crows until the end of 2021, what will be his 13th year at the Club.
“That will get me to 31… (and) my body is still healthy,” Walker said.
“I like to think I can play another year or two (after that) but at the end of two years I’ll be realistic with where I’m at mentally and physically.
The 29-year-old also opened up about his relationship with former Crow Jake Lever - who left the Club at the end of 2017.
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