Adelaide’s experienced forwards are helping build a strong connection and developing Club culture with youngsters coming through the ranks.
The Crows’ forward line boasts a mix of mature heads, like veteran Taylor Walker, and younger players, including Riley Thilthorpe and Darcy Fogarty.
Speaking on The Optus Crows Show, assistant coach James Rahilly said injured Tom Lynch was guiding from the sidelines while Walker was a strong on-field leader.
“It’s great to have that balance where we have a few older heads (with) Taylor Walker and Tom Lynch, and then the younger brigade,” Rahilly said.
“Obviously Tex and Lynchy are very experienced and know the game really well.
“They are fantastic at bringing the group in and probably demanding from the group as well.
“Even Tom (Lynch), who’s been injured, has been fantastic for the group and making sure the other guys have a voice and communicate, and also play all the different roles that need to be played in our structure.”
Rahilly said blooding youngsters into the forward line had freed up Walker to play a more active role around the ground.
“He’s a highly talented player, such a good lead up player,” Rahill said.
“But with these guys like Riley (Thilthorpe) coming in and Fog (Darcy Fogarty) coming on and a few of the others, he’s played a secondary role and probably higher up the ground which hasn’t allowed him to get close to goal.
“(But) he’s definitely been involved in a lot of our scores.”
Also on The Optus Crows Show this week, Sam Berry joins Brodie Smith to talk about life away from football, including how he deals with his current roommate Luke Pedlar.
Former Adelaide midfielder Bryce Gibbs also recalls his time at the Crows and chats about what he’s up to now.
The Optus Crows Show airs on Channel 7 Adelaide at 1.00pm this Sunday.
Interstate fans can catch the full episode on afc.com.au shortly after.