Despite a significant overhaul of players and coaches in the off-season, Taylor Walker remains confident the Crows can contend for finals in 2020.
Adelaide finished 11th in 2019, finishing with 10 wins and 12 losses including defeat in five of their last six.
Many believe their young side will fall down the ladder in their first year under new coach Matthew Nicks, but Walker likes going into the season unrated.
“I reckon every team right now would be saying let’s make finals and I believe that we can make finals,” he told AFL Media.
“I don’t want to go into the season thinking let’s just finish down the bottom. I think we’re really capable of playing finals and no one is rating us, which, good on them, that’s their opinion.
“Hopefully we can show the people wrong.”
Kane Cornes praised Walker for having the right mentality going into a season, but personally doesn’t think the Crows have much chance of breaking into the eight.
“You have to have that mindset. They have to have a hope of making finals,” he told SEN SA Breakfast.
“If you analyse it, they are no hope, to be honest.
“They don’t have the depth, they don’t have the talent to keep up with the teams that are right up there and the teams that will improve this year.
“That’s okay because they’ve cleaned it out and no one would have expected them to, but I wouldn’t have expected Tex to answer that question any differently.
“If you’re realistic and you analyse it, the Crows don’t play finals this year. They win between six and nine games. Nine max.”