Two years on from a grand final that is more remembered for being the unleashing of the Tigers rather than the highest the Crows could fly, David King says it’s time for the Adelaide side to crunch it all up and throw it into the Gold Coast sun.
Or more specifically, the Suns. The lesser-known football team dressed as lifeguards, not the tourist attracting UV rays.
“I would trade Walker, Crouch or one of Ellis-Yolmen and Greenwood,” King said on SEN this morning. “I would say to the AFL you give them pick two, we’ll take it off their hands, we’ll give them three senior AFL bodies.”
Adelaide has missed the eight for the second year on the trot. They have an aging team sheet, one that King says could do with a youthful splash to go along with All-Australian squad member Daniel Talia and forward duo Tom Lynch and Darcy Fogarty.
“I think they need drastic change,” King said.
“It’s Fogarty’s forward line now. You’ve got to let him and Lynch be the anchors.”
Fogarty, who will turn 20 just three days before this year’s grand final, played just four games this year but kicked 10 goals, including a five-goal bonanza against the Eagles in Round 21.
While questioning the Crows’ on-field personnel, King says he hopes the club’s Director of Football Mark Ricciuto has the confidence to make all the moves he must to bring the club back to the finals.
“If he thinks that he’s got one position wrong, whether it’d be the senior coach or the volunteer walking through the door, I’d hope that he’s got the courage to cut the cord,” he added.
“I’d [sic] want to hear that as an Adelaide fan.”