Adelaide Crows’ head coach Phil Walsh said he’s looking forward to seeing his squad play so he knows which players he’ll be able to depend on this season. Walsh is in his first year on the job with the club after joining last September from Port Adelaide. He said he’ll be watching his side carefully during their NAB Challenge games and will take not of which players are more likely to put the team first before individual accolades. Adelaide’s games can be wagered on throughout the campaign with a BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet. He also added that no player is certain to be in the lineup for their regular-season opener and they’ll all have to earn a spot during the NAB preseason contests.
When speaking about positions in the team, Wash remarked,
They’re all up for grabs, no doubt about that, they’re all up for grabs. The difference between saying what you’re going to do and actually doing it is directly related to how many of your players are interested in being Adelaide Football Club players and how many are committed. That’s what I’m about to find out. I couldn’t question their commitment in the pre-season, but when you come up against opposition it’s another level of pressure. I’ll find out who’s totally committed to get us where we need to go.
Adelaide will rest its biggest stars early on in the NAB Challenge encounters, but will still field a strong team with a good mix of youth and experience. Players who sat out the first contest included Scott Thompson, Sam Jacobs, David Mackay, Patrick Dangerfield and Richard Douglas. Walsh named a squad of 29 and claimed there were no injury concerns to the players that were left out, but he wanted to split the workload between the side before they open the season on April 5 against North Melbourne. This intriguing fixture can also be backed with a BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet.
Walsh said he doesn’t want his older players to participate in all three preseason outings and most of them will take part in the second match on March 12 against Geelong, which can be wagered on with a BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet. The new coach stated that Crows’ fans will recognize his type of football once they see it and hopefully they’ll appreciate it. He believes the best way to get through to his players is to keep things simple and not to overcomplicate matters. Walsh admitted that he’s sometimes been accused of being too complex and he’s learned his lesson from past experiences. He added, “I think Einstein might have said it; the art of it is being able to make the complex simple, and that’s basically what I try and do.”
In other Adelaide news, Walsh said young draftee Billy Frampton is still rehabilitating from surgery and has been place on the team’s long-term injury list. The ruckman was chosen with the 84th selection in the NAB AFL Draft last year with a shin problem and it was corrected with surgery in December. The Crows are hoping he can return to the side for full training by the third round. Don’t forget that all AFL games this season can be wagered on with a BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet.