Footy Classified’s Craig Hutchinson has made the shock suggestion for Crows veteran Taylor Walker to rejuvenate his career… at the crosstown rivals.
Hutchinson said it is time for the key forward to look elsewhere, believing his days at the Crows are numbered.
He suggests that the right fit for Walker might just be with the Crows long-time enemy Port Adelaide.
“He’s emotionally broken by the past few years, even his efforts yesterday, he tried his heart out… and didn’t yield a great game of footy,” Hutchinson told Nine’s Footy Classified Monday night.
“He needs the ball kicked to him, he’s not a person that can go and win his own football, and Port Adelaide is the fit for Tex Walker.
“It might be as a rookie-list player, it might be as a late trade in the upcoming draft, but he needs good delivery from the running mids. He needs the ball put out lace-out.
“He’d be a fantastic insurance policy for Charlie Dixon who they’re one in on. He’s too good a player for someone not to try and take a chance on his talents.”
The nightmare rolls on for @Adelaide_FC Crows supporters 😩🏉
Only down by 9pts at 3/4 quarter time, not even the milestone of Tex Walker's 200th game could inspire them to victory.
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Hutchinson was adamant this idea could be a positive move, but veteran journalist Caroline Wilson disagrees, saying it was one of the dumbest things her co-host has said all year.
“It would be a cultural disaster for Taylor Walker to have to go to the Port Adelaide football club, it wouldn’t work,” Wilson said.
Hutchinson related Walkers situation to Josh Kennedy’s, who is currently coming second in the Coleman Medal.
He explains that the AFL write out 30-year-olds who are “out of form” and tell them not to play on, but with the right team Walker may be able to progress.
Former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes said Hutchinson’s idea isn’t “as ridiculous as it sounds”, but his annual salary may be a throw off for Port.
“In terms of the role, he can play the role, but I just see his wage at $700,000 too much to bear and that may be a massive turn off,” Cornes told the panel.
Walker debuted with the Crows in 2008 season and is now in his 12th year with the club.
The Crows are set to play Hawthorn next Tuesday at Adelaide Oval.
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