Adelaide coach Don Pyke has opened up on Taylor Walker’s disappointing 2018 campaign.
The Crows captain is currently serving a two-game suspension, which caps off a frustrating year for Walker.
He has played just 14 games this season, battling injury and form issues, and Pyke has explained how Walker hasn’t been able to get up to speed throughout the year.
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“He has had a really difficult year, Tex, and I certainly feel for him as captain of the footy club,” Pyke told SEN Breakfast.
“If we go through his year as such, he started the year fairly underdone in terms of his pre-season, he came off a foot problem which limited the pre-season minutes he was able to do.
“We sort of made a decision early with him to bring him in, he came into the Richmond game in Round 2 and performed really well.
“The plan was to build him from there, slowly up his training and his minutes in games to get him back to match fitness.
“The step up from where he was at to playing games and repeating playing games week in, week out was just a reach too far.
“He was pulling up sore, he developed some tendinitis in areas, so he starting going backwards pretty quickly.
“Then we backed him off and gave him four weeks out to build some fitness base, he came back in, and since then he has probably still struggled with that lack of pre-season and conditioning.
“To his credit, he has soldiered on and he has put himself out there week in week out.
“Unfortunately from a performance viewpoint, he hasn’t been able to do the things that he wants to do and that has led to some frustration.”
Despite some suggesting Rory Sloane could take over as Crows captain next season, Pyke says he hasn’t even thought about that scenario.
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