Kelly – who’s only played 11 games for the Crows since making his debut in 2015 – is the son of Craig Kelly, who manages the Geelong premiership star.
After being on the receiving end of some of Johnson’s usual taunting throughout the match, Adelaide captain Taylor Walker told Triple M’s Roo and Ditts on Wednesday morning that Kelly fired a shot back at Johnson, which seemed to impress the master sledger.
“He (Kelly) said, ‘Stevie, don’t talk to me like that mate. You’ve been paying for my business class tickets to Europe for the past six years’,” Walker explained.
“I think Stevie put his head down and walked off. He said, ‘that’s one of the best, young fella’.”