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Taylor Walker

#13   Adelaide Crows
Age: 28yr 11mth    Games: 172     Born: April 25, 1990    
Height: 193cm     Weight: 102kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 6, Pick #75 2007 National Draft by Adelaide Crows
Supercoach Price: $341,000   Supercoach Profile
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Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2021   AFL Player Contracts
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Taylor Walker Biography

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Adelaide names an extended seven-man leadership group to support new co-captains Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane in season 2019.

Josh Jenkins, Richard Douglas and Daniel Talia have been elevated into the leadership group, which also consists of last year's crop of Walker, Sloane, Tom Lynch and Matt Crouch.

"These guys were recognised by their peers because of the way they drive standards and live our values and behaviours, while training, playing and engaging in other activities around the club," Adelaide coach Don Pyke said.

"Importantly, they are quality young men away from football and they bring a diverse range of skills and qualities which will help drive our group forward."

Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Rory Sloane is elevated to co-captain at Adelaide alongside Taylor Walker for the 2019 AFL season.

"The development I've seen in 'Sloaney' in the past four or five years has been outstanding," Walker said.

"It was a no-brainer for me to get Sloaney up to help me. Sloaney, the type of guy he is, he just wanted to do anything that was going to help us with success."

Sloane said he had no hesitation in accepting Walker and Crows coach Don Pyke's offer.

"My first reaction was, is this going to help us be a better team and help us achieve what we're all essentially here for?" Sloane said.

"Both of them thought yes, so as I've always said, anything that's going to help this team get success, I'm all up for.

"I'm really chuffed to be co-captain and run out next to him."

Thursday, 15 November 2018
Taylor Walker and his partner Ellie Brown mourn the loss of their unborn baby.

Walker will take time away from the club as he deals with the heartbreaking situation.

"Adelaide has granted Taylor Walker personal leave following the loss of he and his partner Ellie’s unborn baby," the Crows said in a statement.

"The thoughts of the entire Crows family are with Taylor and Ellie, as well as their extended family, at this difficult time."

Friday, 31 August 2018
Adelaide has confirmed skipper Taylor Walker was dealt with over a 'very minor drinking indiscretion' last month that involved a breach of team standards.

A club spokesperson confirmed the matter was handled internally at the time and is now well and truly closed.

Friday, 24 August 2018
Adelaide coach Don Walker reveals the duress Crows captain Taylor Walker has played under in 2018.

"I certainly feel for him as captain of the footy club. From a performance viewpoint, he hasn't been able to do the things that he wants to do," Pyke said of Walker.

"He was pulling up sore, he developed some tendinitis is areas, so he started going backwards pretty quickly."

Monday, 20 August 2018
Adelaide expects Taylor Walker to be ready for day one of pre-season after the Crows skipper had ankle surgery to address a plantar fascia ligament complaint in his left foot.
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Taylor Walker won't play again this year after accepting a two-game suspension that caps off his frustrating season.

Walker was handed a two-game ban for a tackle that knocked out Greater Western Sydney star Josh Kelly in the Crows' 14-point loss to the Giants at UNSW Oval in Canberra.

"It probably sums up my season," Walker said.

"It's been very challenging for me individually and us as a footy team."

Thursday, 2 August 2018
Adelaide vice-captain backs Taylor Walker as captain of the club amid criticism of his form and leadership in recent weeks.

"We see what goes on inside these four walls with Tex and he's an unbelievable leader," Sloane said.

"What matters to us is what he does in here and that's what's respected among the playing group."

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Taylor Walker says he still has the desire to lead the Crows as captain in the face of increasing scrutiny from the media.

"It's a great honour to be able to lead this great footy club," Walker said.

"I grew up barracking for this footy club. I'm very passionate and I'm going to be a Crow for life.

"If I can continue to be captain for as long as I can, I'll keep putting my hand up."

Walker has kicked 24 goals in 12 games this season after an injury-interrupted pre-season.

"It's been very challenging, I only did about 10 or 20 per cent of pre-season," Walker said.

"Historically when you do that much, it definitely hinders you to perform the way you want to."

Monday, 16 July 2018
Taylor Walker accepts a one-match ban for rough conduct after cannoning into Zac Tuohy which left the Cats defender dazed and having to leave the ground for a short period at Adelaide Oval.
Monday, 4 June 2018
Matt Crouch is set to become Adelaide's fourth captain this season as a spate of injuries strikes the club's leadership group.

Stand-in skipper Tom Lynch is expected to miss at least Sunday's away trip to Fremantle because of a side strain, his exact prognosis to be released on Tuesday.

With captain Taylor Walker (back/glute), vice-captain Rory Sloane (foot) and now Lynch sidelined, Crouch is the only member of the club's leadership group still fit.

Thursday, 17 May 2018
Taylor Walker will be sidelined for several weeks with no timeline set for a return.

"The reality is that Tex's preparation has been pretty interrupted right from pre-season," Crows assistant coach Matthew Clarke said.

"He's had a series of niggles that have come up along the way. No tear, but some irritation to his back and glute.

"He needs to do the work that he can get out there and perform at the level."

Friday, 20 April 2018
After a week of being lambasted by the media for his poor form, Taylor Walker answers his critics with a match-winning performance against Sydney, booting four majors in Adelaide's 10-point triumph at the SCG.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Crows coach Don Pyke says he doesn't regret the club's contentious pre-season training camp, which has come under media scrutiny with reports certain players found it to be mentally stressful.

"It was a camp which we went on based on areas we wanted to get better," Pyke said.

"I'll never be an apologist for us trying to improve. The mental space is a space where you're seeing a fair chunk of the clubs are working in."

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker says he personally found the camp rewarding.

"The camp we went on with footy was personally one of the most beneficial and rewarding camps I've ever been on," Walker said.

"There was elements of the camp we delved into that (tested) the mental side (of the players), but we think we can get an advantage over the other teams in the competition."

Friday, 23 March 2018
Taylor Walker admits to not having prepared himself mentally for the 2017 Grand Final.

"I was super-anxious before the game and I didn't speak about my feelings or emotions," Walker said.

"This year I'd be more inclined to say to the boys, 'Look, I'm sh***ing myself too. It's OK'.

"A big thing for me now is being more vulnerable in front of the group, showing more emotion."

Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Taylor Walker confirms that he will not play in the Crows' 2018 season opener against Essendon.

"I was very close, it just comes down to I haven't had enough conditioning in my body to play my role," Walker told Triple M radio.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Taylor Walker will again captain Adelaide this season, but the Crows have added a new face to their leadership group.

The Crows have cut back the group of leaders from six players to four for 2018, with Walker remaining skipper for a fourth season and Rory Sloane his vice-captain.

Forward Tom Lynch has also retained his place in the leadership group, with All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch included for the first time.

Having been in last year's group, superstar Eddie Betts and Daniel Talia are no longer members, while Scott Thompson has retired.

Thursday, 8 February 2018
Taylor Walker is in a moonboot and won't play in either AFLX or the JLT Community Series after straining a foot tendon.

The Crows say the plantar fascia injury will restrict Walker's training over the next fortnight, but he is expected to make a full recovery in five to six weeks.

Monday, 20 November 2017
Melbourne recruit Jake Lever says he doesn't expect there to be any lingering tension between him and Adelaide captain Taylor Walker after his controversial off-season move to the Demons.

While Walker stoked tensions by declaring Lever had chosen money over success in making the move, the elite defender said he was sure the pair would be able to put the issue behind them.

"He was disappointed, as he should be. He's the captain of the club and he probably doesn't want people leaving his football club," Lever said.

"If me and 'Tex' catch up for a beer maybe in a couple of years, I'm sure there's not going to be too many problems."

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker says Jake Lever's decision to leave the club was based on money.

"For Jake, I think the difference in money was a lot," Walker told Triple M radio.

"So if you're driven by money or if you're driven by success, that's a decision you need to make."

Two days after the Crows' 48-point Grand Final loss to the Tigers, Lever called Walker to inform him he would be requesting a trade to the Demons.

"I didn't have a crack at him, I was pretty honest because I don't like people leaving our footy club," Walker said.

"I don't think I was arrogant or aggressive towards him. I was probably blunt."

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Taylor Walker signs a three-year extension with the Crows to remain at the club until the end of 2021.

"Like I have said many times before, I love the footy club, its people and especially my teammates," Walker said.

"I am convinced this playing group can achieve the type of success we all crave and the supporters deserve."

Saturday, 11 March 2017
Adelaide will be sweating on the fitness of captain Taylor Walker heading into round one.

"Tex (Walker) came off at the end, he's got a little bit of hamstring tightness that we will get looked at," Crows coach Don Pyke said.

"We'll see what that looks like in the coming days."

Friday, 24 February 2017
Adelaide coach Don Pyke praises Taylor Walker's leadership as captain of the Crows.

"He's got great intent, great care, and he's got great respect from the playing group, which heads him down a really good path," Pyke said.

"He's got the right level of demand and challenge versus recognising and rewarding guys who do it well,"

Monday, 13 February 2017
Adelaide announces its 2017 leadership group on Monday, with Taylor Walker to continue as Crows captain for a third-straight season, supported by Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson and Daniel Talia.

Betts and Lynch have been voted into Adelaide's leadership group for the first time, while Rory Sloane has been elevated to vice-captain.

"Taylor has done an exceptional job as captain during my time at the club and has fittingly been returned to the role," Adelaide coach Don Pyke said.

"Rory is a great leader on and off the field for our players and he has deservedly been selected vice-captain. Daniel and Scott were both influential with their leadership last year and will continue to play an important role in 2017.

"Excitingly, Tom and Eddie have been recognised for their commitment to our team values and have been added to the group and both will be key contributors this season."

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker will continue to look to veteran duo Sam Jacobs and Richard Douglas for guidance, despite the pair having been dropped from the Crows' leadership group.

"(Jacobs) and (Douglas) won't be in the leadership group this year, (but) I've told them both I'll still lean on them for their experience and knowledge," Walker said.

"Whether (Jacobs) likes it or not, I'll still be poaching him and annoying him for information.

"I'm sure he's disappointed, he's a proud guy, but I've got no doubt that (Jacobs) will still be (Jacobs) and continue on what he normally does."

Monday, 16 May 2016
Taylor Walker isn't blaming his foot injury for his form slump.

While he's been unable to train fully recently because of the injury, Walker says it's not the reason for his below-average output.

"I set high standards on myself, obviously I'm not playing to that standard at the moment," Walker said.

"(My) form is on the way up. I know it's not far around the corner.

"I think the beauty of playing AFL, you control you're own form and the pathway that you want to go. So I have been working hard, as much as I can behind the scenes, and I'll continue to do that."

Friday, 13 May 2016
As he recovers from a foot injury, Taylor Walker says he believes he is not far from returning to his best despite dropping several marks in his most recent game against the Bulldogs.

"I don't beat myself up. I think it's important to review your individual performance and I know that I was very close," Walker said.

"When you can't consistently train, an area that goes away is your touch.

"I have done a lot of work on my touch the last month. So for me, it's not far away ... it's just around the corner."

Saturday, 30 April 2016
Adelaide coach Don Pyke is backing skipper Taylor Walker to start improving quickly after another lean day in front of goal.

Walker was held goalless by impressive Fremantle defender Alex Pearce, meaning he’s booted just four goals in his past three appearances.

“As was documented, he had a foot problem at the start of the year,” Pyke said.

“He’s pretty much through the end of that.

“Through that of course he’s not able to do the level of training so he’s going to get better and better from here.

“He’s going to be able to train more regularly and that’ll help him with his touch and everything else.”

Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Taylor Walker has allayed concerns over a lingering foot injury, despite wearing a protective moon boot after the Crows' season-opening loss to North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

"I'm just trying to get a bit of weight off it early in the week," Walker said.

"We have got our main session today; I will do the full session.

"It won't affect me at all ... I have had a bit of a sore foot for over a month or so now and Etihad is probably the hardest deck that we play on."

Friday, 16 October 2015
Taylor Walker engages in a war of words with tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios via Twitter, with Patrick Dangerfield also offering his thoughts during the exchange.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
Taylor Walker kicks a career-high seven goals in Adelaide's 87-point win over Brisbane.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Taylor Walker has expressed his gratitude to former Crows coach Neil Craig for being hard on him early in his career.

The Crows skipper will play his 100th senior game on Saturday against the Sydney Swans, and has long been a lock in the club's best 22.

But it wasn't always that way.

Walker struggled to cement a place in the side early on his career, with Craig dropping him to the SANFL on numerous occasions to work on his defensive game.

Walker said while the treatment was annoying at the time, in hindsight he thanked the coach for teaching him valuable lessons.

"He was always onto me about my defensive sort of stuff, and I think I've got it to a level now where it's consistent," Walker said.

"At the time you think 'why can't I just play' because that's what you want to do, but now you look back and think it's a great learning curve.

"Being able to play 100 games for a footy club I grew up barracking for and one that I love, I'm excited and looking forward to it.

"I actually saw a photo the other day of when I first got to the club – [I was] skinny, tips in your hair, and how times have changed."

Walker admits that he has been unhappy with his 37-goal season to date but, as skipper, he's more focused on the performance of his side.

"My form isn't at the standard [I want] as an individual, but I'm still playing my role for the team just as we ask the other 21 blokes to do," he said.

"I've been working closely with 'Teaguey' (forward coach David Teague) and 'Campo' (Scott Camporeale) to get back to where I want to be."

Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Sam Mitchell concedes he must stop lifting his knee to protect himself from oncoming opponents after copping a fine from the Match Review Panel.

Mitchell accepted a $1500 fine for raising his knee and 'corking' Nat Fyfe during Hawthorn's thumping 72-point win over Fremantle.

It was the second time this year that the Hawks veteran has come under scrutiny for raising his knee, after he made contact with Crow Taylor Walker in round 12.

Mitchell was cleared by the MRP after the Walker incident, which later forced the Adelaide captain to be substituted out of the match.

But he said industry feedback from the Fyfe clash indicated he had to change his approach.

"I looked at the vision that the MRP look at and I can understand why it's not a good look and it's not a good thing for the game," Mitchell said.

"Although it's not my intention in that situation to hurt the other person – it's purely just to protect myself – I guess the game has given me the feedback that I need to change the way I go about doing that.

"I'll work on some techniques over the coming weeks and do it differently. But it's just an instinct thing that I've done for a long period and something that I now need to change.

"I have to do it differently, I need to find a new way to protect myself and get out of that habit, if you like, of putting my knee up. I need to turn to the side or whatever."

Sunday, 12 July 2015
Nat Fyfe is sent to the bench with a corked thigh after being collided into by a raised knee from Hawk Sam Mitchell.

The incident raised the eyebrow of Adelaide's Taylor Walker who suffered a similar fate following a collision with Mitchell earlier in the year.

"you wouldn't believe it.. Lightning strikes twice!!!" Walker tweeted.

Thursday, 23 April 2015
Taylor Walker has wasted no time flexing his muscle in his first season as skipper of the Crows with his 11 goals in three games thus far ranking him equal second in the league.

Walker is also averaging more marks (nine) and disposals (16.7) than at any other point in his career.

Fellow Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins says Walker's increased output has been a product of his natural progression since returning from a knee injury.

"He looks super, he looks fit, he looks strong, he looks really confident and guys feed off that," Jenkins said.

"Tex is 24 now so he's entering the prime time of his career. I think it was just natural that he was going to improve – we all know how talented he is and how good he can be.

"The captaincy probably adds a couple of per cent but in terms of his performance, it's just his pure talent and hard work."

Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Adelaide coach Phil Walsh says Taylor Walker was handed the Crows' captaincy because he placed the club before his own personal interests.

"I interviewed all the players as soon as I got to the club and all the staff, and there was probably only two people who the first thing they said to me was, 'You've got to make this club better, this could be a really good club'," Walsh told Fox Footy.

"Most of the other people – and it's human nature – they wanted to know what was in it for them or maybe what I thought of them as a player, but 'Tex' actually had some care for the club.

"Ever since that point, he's been the most influential person at the club wanting to get the place better, so it was an easy decision for me."

Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Taylor Walker says there is no animosity between any of his teammates who were overlooked for the Crows' captaincy.

"We spoke as a leadership group – I don't think they're angry at all," Walker said.

"Walshy made a decision and I think the beauty now is that as a captain you don't need to make all the decisions; we've got a leadership group, we're a pretty strong group and we're able to make decisions as a group."

Friday, 23 January 2015
Former Adelaide captain Nathan Van Berlo says being replaced as skipper of the Crows by Taylor Walker won't change his approach to football.

"I was always keen to do what's best for this football club and what's best for this footy club at the moment is that Taylor Walker's the captain," van Berlo said.

"I'm really supportive of Tex, I love him as a leader and he's such an influential person and player.

"I don't think it's going to affect my role within the team – it's business as usual for me."

Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Adelaide names Taylor Walker as the club's captain for 2015, ahead of out-of-contract pair Rory Sloane and Patrick Dangerfield who served as co-captains in 2014.

Adelaide coach Phil Walsh says Walker epitomised his team-first philosophy.

"Since my first conversation with Taylor until (today) … he's all about making the team better," Walsh said.

"Early days I identified that he had a great influence around the group – you could see that straight away.

"When I came back after Christmas … Taylor's attributes shone even further."

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Taylor Walker signs a three-year deal with Adelaide that will see him remain a Crow until at least the end of 2018.

"I love the club and in particular this playing group, and have great confidence about the future," Walker said.

"My best footy is definitely ahead of me and I start this pre-season in great shape.

"This announcement has been in the pipeline for a long time, and I am pleased to have it sorted so I can concentrate on my footy."

Adelaide coach Phil Walsh says he has been highly impressed with Taylor Walker's leadership at the club.

"As coaches we see young men turn into leaders and that's what I think Tex has got ahead of him right now," Walsh said.

"He's 24, he's got his best footy in front of him but he's also a leader of men. I've seen it already. I've only been at the club a short time but he's an influential person."

Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Adelaide is hoping the club's bye this week will help star forward Taylor Walker recover from a host of niggling injuries.

Walker returned to the AFL in round nine against Collingwood having spent a year rehabilitating from a knee reconstruction.

He has played every game since and booted five goals against Gold Coast in round 11, but his form has tapered off in recent weeks as he has battled calf, hip, glute and hamstring complaints.

"When Taylor first came back I thought physically he looked magnificent – he covered the ground really well and his work rate was enormous," Adelaide assistant coach Mark Bickley said.

"He has been a little bit sore the last couple of weeks and whilst he hasn't been our worst performer he certainly hasn't been (performing) to the level that he would expect.

"He offers great on-field leadership, he also draws the best defender… Taylor's a vital cog in our wheel and he's playing an important role, but he'll be better after the break I'm sure."

Friday, 6 June 2014
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Taylor Walker is likely to be rested in coming weeks as the club continues to manage his workload following his comeback from a serious knee injury.

"We have got some bands of six-day breaks coming up so he, like every player, will just analyse their wellness log, we have to be smart with all of our players but certainly Tex," Sanderson said.

"Some high intensity games and six-day breaks we'll be a little bit cautious with some guys and he probably falls into that category."

Sunday, 1 June 2014
After booting his first goal since returning from a knee reconstruction last week against Carlton, Taylor Walker took another significant step towards his best footy on Sunday.

The 24-year-old was on fire in difficult conditions, slotting five goals, taking 10 marks and collecting 22 possessions against Gold Coast.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014
As expected, Taylor Walker will make his AFL return after being named in the side to take on Collingwood at Adelaide Oval in round nine.
Monday, 12 May 2014
Brodie Smith says fans should be realistic with their expectations of Taylor Walker when he makes his return from a knee reconstruction this week.

"He will give us a big boost up forward and just having him in the side sparks the boys up, but to put all our hopes on Tex is unrealistic," Smith said.

"He's not going to come in and set the world on fire straight away. It will take a bit of time to get back to his best."

Monday, 28 April 2014
After a successful return to football via the SANFL, Taylor Walker says he's ready to play in the seniors again.

"I played on the weekend so I'm more than confident that I'd be right [if selected] … I'll just be guided by what 'Sando' says," Walker said.

"I'll recover form the weekend and when I get the chance I'll sit down with Sando and 'Bicks' (forward line coach Mark Bickley) and we'll have that chat as to when I play."

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Taylor Walker makes a strong and injury-free return to competitive football, booting three goals from 6 marks and 12 disposals for Adelaide's SANFL side against Glenelg.

"We managed him through the game according to what was necessary and I thought he moved well, he got through the game," Adelaide SANFL coach Heath Younie said.

"He was really keen to play and excited and getting that goal early just probably settled him a little bit. I just spoke to him, he's fine, he's up and about and he's really happy with the way he's pulled up."

Thursday, 24 April 2014
Taylor Walker will make his long-awaited return from a knee reconstruction this weekend in the SANFL.

"We have benchmarked strength testing, agility testing. He's in a great position; he's ready to go," Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson said.

"He should take a lot of confidence in playing, but I think we'll all be holding our breath. We'll have our fingers and toes crossed that he gets through those first few games."

Monday, 7 April 2014
Taylor Walker is expected to have precautionary scans on his hamstring after reporting tightness after a training session, but the club isn't concerned.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Taylor Walker's knee injury last year was a lot more serious than expected and that the key forward may not return until round 15 this year.

"This wasn't your typical ACL injury – this was more like a car crash," Sanderson said.

"'Tex' has been absolutely flying, he hasn't put a foot wrong and his recovery processes have been meticulous," Sanderson said.

"It's a real credit to him, how he's prepared himself to get back.

"We'll have our fingers crossed in those first few games that he comes back … and (when he does) he'll certainly have an immediate impact for us."

Tuesday, 11 February 2014
James Podsiadly says he has no issues with Taylor Walker returning from injury to join him in the Crows' forward line.

"It's actually exciting because 'Tex' is a player who wouldn't get in the way of any of the things going on when he gets back in the side. I think he's actually quite selfless [in] the way he plays his footy," Podsiadly said.

"From that perspective it's going to be really great to see him back in the team.

"He's training really well, he's training with the group. They're obviously holding him back because he's such an important part of this footy club and the team."

Sunday, 2 February 2014
Taylor Walker says he is gaining more confidence in his knee as he gets closer to an AFL return.

"I'm slowly starting to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, it's been a long nine months," Walker said.

"I'm slowly starting to do a little bit more competitive work and joining in with the group.

"Once we start doing all of that I'll do about four to six weeks of really hard pre-season training and make sure I'm really positive, which I am with the knee."

Thursday, 23 January 2014
The Crows say Taylor Walker is still on track in his recovery from a knee reconstruction despite the forward having scans after developing swelling in his knee from the increased workload.

"It's structurally sound – the doctor just sent him for a scan to check that everything was alright, which it is," Adelaide football manager Phil Harper said.

"It's not uncommon in those type of injuries to get a little bit of swelling so he'll just have to take a bit of a back step for a couple of days and he'll be back into it."

Wednesday, 22 January 2014
The Crows say they have been pleased with Taylor Walker's comeback from a knee reconstruction.

"He's going well … the doctors haven't given a date yet on when he's to return but I wouldn't imagine it being anywhere after the 12-month period," Crows football manager Phil Harper said.

"If it was just Taylor's choice he'd probably play tomorrow but he's also not stupid enough not to be guided by the doctors.

"He's done everything asked plus the different rehab he did over in America – he hasn't missed a beat all along."

Monday, 6 January 2014
Adelaide assistant coach Mark Bickley says Taylor Walker's recovery from a knee reconstruction is progressing well.

"I think he's about 85-90 per cent speed with his running, but that's all straight line - he hasn't done any agility work yet, that's the next step for him," Bickley said.

"After that we get into the competitive work and the twisting and the turning and the involuntary-type muscle movements.

"Everything's gone really well so far, he's in great spirits and he's really confident that the work he's done is going to hold him in great stead."

Saturday, 4 January 2014
Taylor Walker says he wants to return to football from a knee reconstruction via the SANFL rather coming back straight into the senior side.

"I think I'll probably come back through the SANFL and whether the coach wants me to or not, that'll be purely my decision," Walker said.

"It's important that [given] how quick the game is these days you can't miss 12 months and come straight back in.

"I'll definitely come back through the reserves."

Friday, 20 December 2013
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Taylor Walker may complete his recovery from a knee reconstruction in time for round one.

"[His progress] couldn't be better to be honest, I'm really excited about the shape that he's in, he looks really fit - no setbacks at all at this point," Sanderson said.

"He's an incredible, professional athlete the way he prepares himself … he hasn't put a foot wrong.

"He'll definitely want to play round one … but he's a really important asset for us, we're not going to take any unnecessary risks when it comes to putting him back on the field before he's ready.

"At this stage I think he's going to be ready for the start of the season."

Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Patrick Dangerfield says teammate Taylor Walker should take his time to ensure he is fully recovered from a knee reconstruction before returning to the side.

"I'm sure he'd love to come back round one but at the same time, he's also aware that it's a long-term thing and we don't need him coming back a month early when he could possibly re-rupture it," Dangerfield said.

"For him, it's about ticking all the boxes and making sure that when he does come back, he can contribute for the side and be a long-term player and not re-do it for the sake coming back early."

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Taylor Walker says he is progressing well in his recovery after a full knee reconstruction but is still unsure of when he will be returning to the side.

"We've got a lot of bridges to cross before we get to playing so I'm just looking forward to training really well and doing everything right so... when I come back I'm ready to go," Walker said.

"I had my six-month check up with the surgeon on Monday and he said it's coming along really well.

"Strength's really good, still trying to work on my power, and up and running and doing a lot of weights and agility."

Thursday, 10 October 2013
Taylor Walker has left for the US to meet with leading knee rehabilitation specialist Bill Knowles who has worked with many of the word's top athletes.

"It's going to be for 10 days, two sessions a day, so Monday to Friday and have the weekends off, then Monday to Wednesday," Walker said.

"I'm looking forward to getting over there; he's big on acceleration, deceleration and jumping and landing. Hopefully he can hold me in good stead to get back."

Friday, 20 September 2013
North Broken Hill president Ben Victory says Taylor Walker is one of the club's favourite sons.

"His connections here are still extremely strong," Victory said.

"He played pretty much a season with us in 2007 and won us the grand final before he joined the Crows.

"He helps the club out financially – he's fantastic."

Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Taylor Walker takes a significant step in his recovery from a serious knee injury, running with the aid of an anti-gravity treadmill.

"You've got to go week-by-week. When I do something new, for example running, my knee pulls up a bit sore. When I first started doing weights, I got a bit sore too but now it's fine," Walker said.

"They're slow steps, but we're getting there."

Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Taylor Walker heads back to his home town of Broken Hill following surgery on his knee.

"We keep talking to him obviously – it's hard to shut him up even when he's in Broken Hill," Crows coach Brenton Sanderson joked.

"We'll just leave him alone for a little while now, he's one that ebbs and flows coming back in rehab – he has good days and bad days."

Saturday, 4 May 2013
Taylor Walker will rely on a dead person's ligament to repair his damaged right knee.

Walker requires surgery to both his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral ligament. He'll use part of his own hamstring for his ACL reconstruction, but will rely on a donor for the lateral ligament.

"I'm actually going to get an allograft for my lateral ligament which I've torn as well, so someone that's passed away, I get a ligament from them," Walker said.

Monday, 29 April 2013
Following a season-ending knee injury to Taylor Walker, Adelaide football operations manager says the club's interest in Lance Franklin has firmed.

"Of course Buddy Franklin or somebody like that would be nice – whether he wants to come to Adelaide or not [I don't know]," Harper said.

"I know there's a few people putting their hands up for him and maybe we'll do that as well. If he was interested, we would certainly put something there."

Taylor Walker will miss the rest of the 2013 season after scans revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and damage to the lateral aspect of the joint in his right knee.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
The Crows face a nervous 24 hours for news on the extent of Taylor Walker's knee injury suffered against the Blues.

"I've seen him this morning and he had a bit of a sleepless night, I guess he's very concerned, as we all are," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said on Channel Nine's The Sunday Footy Show.

"He's going to have scans tomorrow and it'll become a little bit clearer after that.

"It would be foolish of me to speculate on what the extent of the injury might be, but we've all got our fingers crossed it's not going to be an ACL."

Saturday, 27 April 2013
Mick Malthouse likens bullocking Crows forward Taylor Walker to legendary goalkickers Tony Lockett and Jason Dunstall.

"He is the traditional (full-forward), that front-end player that's got great strength, (a) great kicking player that plays for his teammates and kicks goals," Malthouse said.

"When you trace that back along those lines to those sort of players, he is as close to those type of players, physically, as any player in the competition."

Taylor Walker is subbed out of game the Crows round 5 clash against Blues with a knee injury.

"You always hate losing one of your best players early in a match but fingers crossed that it's not long-term," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said post-match.

"I've heard everything since I've been back in the changerooms. I've heard everything from worst case to he could play next week. It would be foolish for me to comment too much further on it until we know exactly what's going on."

Friday, 26 April 2013
Josh Jenkins says his chemistry with Taylor Walker is starting to improve as the season progresses.

"I see things happening after the game when I watch the footage behind the goals and stuff like that," Jenkins said.

"I see his (Walker) movements, or my movements are sort of similar, so that's the way I realise we're starting to get there.

"Out on the field, once we're really gelling we'll sort of know where each other is at all times."

Friday, 22 March 2013
Rory Sloane says teammate Taylor Walker is ready for the extra attention which will inevitably come his way in 2013 from opposition defenders.

"They will (sit on Walker) and that's going to be a tough challenge for him," Sloane said.

"But he's had a great pre-season. He's looking very strong, probably stronger than last year, and I think he'll manage those expectations."

Sunday, 27 January 2013
Patrick Dangerfield says teammate Taylor Walker is just as good a forward as Hawk superstar Lance Franklin.

"He kicks a goal just about better than anyone in the competition. I think he'll be a force to be reckoned with up forward for us," Dangerfield said.

"On his day, Buddy Franklin's very good, but I think Taylor Walker has the potential to be just as good a forward as him."

Saturday, 15 September 2012
After a disappointing game against the Swans in the Crows' qualifying final, Taylor Walker drives Adelaide to victory with a dominant 5-goal performance against Fremantle in the semi final.

In big games, I like to pride myself on playing well and after last week I was pretty disappointed in my performance," Walker said.

"To come out and play well gives me a lot of confidence."

Friday, 7 September 2012
Patrick Dangerfield earmarks Taylor Walker as the player who can inspire the Crows in September.

"I think Taylor Walker's had an outstanding season and key forwards are super important in finals, probably because it's a really contested style of game and I think there's a lot more long kicking in finals," he said.

"He's certainly primed himself and he's really ready to do some damage. We've seen it throughout the season, he's a special player and I'm really confident he's going to have a big finals campaign."

Monday, 27 August 2012
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson admits even he gets excited when Taylor Walker goes about his business after the Crows forward tallied 25 disposals, 16 marks and kicked 4.2 in a dominant display against the Demons.

"He's still a kid, he's still learning so many things about the game," Sanderson said.

"But gee he's exciting. Every time he's near the ball you hold your breath because you know anything can happen."

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Adelaide's Taylor Walker has been refining his tackling technique ahead of his return this weekend from a three-match suspension.

"One of the highlights of his form this season is how aggressive he is at every contest," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said.

"When you marry that up with a technique which we know is not perfect, then he's in trouble.

"So we've worked a little bit on that, just controlling the aggressive but trying to ensure that his technique is perfect as well."

Tuesday, 3 July 2012
MRP chairman Mark Fraser says medical reports played significant roles in Taylor Walker's three-match ban for his sling tackle on Tiger Steven Morris.

"A subsequent medical report made us increase the loading a little bit to medium," Fraser told The Verdict on

"While you can see from the initial vision that it doesn't seem like there's anything wrong, the subsequent medical report showed there was something going on there."

Monday, 2 July 2012
Taylor Walker faces a three-match ban after a sling tackle on Richmond's Steven Morris leading Crows skipper Nathan Van Berlo to question the clarity of the rules surrounding tackles.

"He (Walker) gets awarded a free kick and gets a shot at goal for what seemed to be a fairly aggressive tackle, but one that was deemed at the time to be within the rules," Van Berlo said.

"I daresay the AFL's going to keep looking at ways to try and make the rule there clearer but, at the moment, players just have to be aware that tackles are going to be heavily scrutinised."

Sunday, 1 July 2012
Taylor Walker's aggressive tackle on Tiger Steven Morris again raises eyebrows but Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson it shouldn't result in any sanction.

"I thought [it was a] fantastic tackle. The Richmond player bounced up and kept playing," Sanderson said.

"I know we have to be aware of any head contact with the ground and I think if you asked Taylor, he says he has learnt his lesson on that one. I will have to wait and see a replay but I hope for the good of the game that he's okay."

Monday, 18 June 2012
Taylor Walker signs a three-year contract extension with the Crows, and says new coach Brenton Sanderson played a big role in his decision to stay.

"I wasn't sure where I was at, so wanted to see what the new coach was like," Walker said.

"I'm really happy with 'Sando', I've got a really good relationship with him - every week he gives me a lot of confidence going out to play."

Walker, however, denied any rift with former coach Neil Craig.

"I knew within myself what I had to do and so did 'Craigy', the relationship was always open and honest," he said.

Sunday, 3 June 2012
Taylor Walker returns from a two-game suspension to kick four goals against Fremantle and says an arduous training load during his suspension ensured he was fit to fire.

It was very disappointing to hear the news, but at the end of the day you have to lick your wounds and serve the suspension," he said.

"So I did that and just tried to work as hard as I possibly could off-field and keep my fitness levels up because it was really important for me to come back and play at the level where I had left off."

Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker will miss the next two matches after accepting his suspension for a sling tackle.

"After much deliberation, we decided that it was too great a risk to contest the charge," Crows football manager Phil Harper said.

"We certainly didn't think the impact was medium - we thought it was low - but it wasn't worth the possibility of a three-game ban, which would've effectively seen Taylor miss four weeks of football because of our bye in round 11."

Friday, 20 April 2012
Adelaide assistant coach Mark Bickley says Taylor Walker must improve his consistency after a quiet four-possession performance against Hawthorn last week.

One thing I've spoken to Taylor about over a fairly long period of time is just narrowing the gap between his best and his worst," Bickley said.

"So far this year I think Taylor's been quite good at that … his poor games haven't been as poor as they were on the weekend."

Thursday, 2 February 2012
Taylor Walker and Matthew Jaensch have heeded coach Brenton Sanderson's call for a more aggressive approach in 2012 after the pair came to blows during a scratch match at training.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker says he never had any intention of leaving the club despite persistent media reports.

"[The speculation] didn't annoy me one little bit. I had a clear mind about what I wanted to do, and just wanted to perform each week and do what I could for the club," Walker said.

"I love the club. We probably haven't had the best year as a club this year but I think in the next couple of years we are going to be pretty exciting."

Friday, 26 August 2011
Adelaide announces the re-signing of three key players, including forward Taylor Walker, Brent Reilly and Shaun McKernan.

"We are very keen to keep this group together and all three of these players are extremely important players in our team," Adelaide football operations manager Phil Harper said.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker says he is paying back the trust shown in him by caretaker coach Mark Bickley after being made to work hard to earn his spot by former coach Neil Craig.

"'Bicks' said he wanted me to put aside everything that had happened previously, and that he wanted to back me in and play me," Walker said.

"I was pretty stoked with that and I wanted to pay him back for the trust and respect he showed me in putting me back in the side."

Saturday, 6 August 2011
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker says he's expecting to remain with the club after months of speculation that he was moving to GWS.

"I've had no contact at all [with GWS]," Walker said.

"You've just got to laugh at it [the speculation]. Otherwise, you can get frustrated. My manager and I will sit down with the club and work something out at the end of the year. I plan to be at this club … I've got no intentions [of leaving]."

Thursday, 21 July 2011
Phil Davis becomes the third Adelaide player linked to GWS and Crows coach Neil Craig says the club cannot afford to lose any of them.

"I don't want to lose Phil Davis," Craig said on.

"It would be the same if we lost Taylor Walker. I want Taylor back in form, so he can continue his AFL career and improve at the rate that I think he can.

"We'd be worse off without Taylor, and it would be the same for Bernie Vince. We can't afford to lose any of those players, but we are [helpless] because of the rules."

Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Taylor Walker will miss at least a month of action after scans revealed a low-grade PCL strain.
Monday, 30 May 2011
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker sustains minor damage to his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he was tackled to the ground late in the second quarter against Brisbane and will undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Despite the beer-at-the-footy controversy, Adelaide's Taylor Walker has been named in the squad of 25 to play the Lions.

"I think he's paid a big price for something, which I'd have on the minor-end of the scale in real terms but that's the nature of the industry he works in," Crows coach Neil Craig said.

"In terms of perception, I can't defend it. I don't have a problem with any of our players once they've played a game, if they want to consume alcohol in a responsible manner."

Monday, 23 May 2011
Adelaide says a fine or suspension for Taylor Walker won't be forthcoming after the forward was filmed during beer-drinking incident.

"He's done a lot of good things over the last two weeks. He's gone back to the SANFL with the right attitude and played some good footy. He's got some deficiencies, which he's working on," teammate Michael Doughty said.

"He's a required player in our football team and the sooner we get him back the better we'll be. He made an innocent mistake on Saturday having a beer and we'll leave it at that."

Sunday, 22 May 2011
Adelaide coach Neil Craig defends footage of Taylor Walker having a beer with friends at the footy.

"If he was probably at home having a barbeque with his mate and had a beer it wouldn't be an issue would it?" Craig said.

"My understanding is that he was at the footy having a beer, I don't think he was intoxicated."

Thursday, 19 May 2011
Adelaide is hopeful forward Taylor Walker won't view his recent axing as a reason to join Greater Western Sydney.

"I'd like to think that Taylor understands that just because you get omitted from a side in this industry it doesn't mean the club doesn't want you, or that you're future is somewhere else," Craig said.

"There's no doubt in my mind that Taylor's got a future here, but I have a responsibility that the players have a skill set that enables them to perform for our team."

Friday, 11 February 2011
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker has fueled speculation of a move to GWS after putting off contract negotiations until the end of the season.

"We've spoken to his [Walker's] manager a couple of times and the bottom line is they want to put it [his contract negotiation] off until the end of the year and we respect that," Crows football operations manager Phil Harper.

"Obviously, it's not ideal for us but there's not much we can do about it. There's no use panicking about something you've got no control over. All you can do is try to talk to them about it and let them make a call from there. You can't force people to do what they don't want to do."

Crows chief executive Stephen Trigg said that the club had put a generous offer to Walker but was rejected.

"The offer we have put to him to stay is extraordinarily good but unfortunately we haven't got anywhere yet," Trigg said.

"It's a frustration but it's not unique to us. It's a changing landscape and is something we will have to continue to deal with because free agency will follow GWS's concessions after 2012.''

Friday, 31 December 2010
Adelaide will aim to re-sign talented forward Taylor Walker by March to keep him from the reach of Greater Western Sydney.

"We've already spoken to Taylor's management and the managers of quite a few other players with the view to start talking about re-signing [them] come February [or] March next year," Adelaide football operations manager Phil Harper said.

"We'll start talking to them and then it's up to the player and their management whether they do it then or wait. Normally, they want to wait a bit later, especially when we're dealing with a player on the rise as far as performance goes like Taylor is."

Monday, 8 March 2010
Taylor Walker is being groomed to take on a new role as a forward who plays up a ground while having stints through the midfield since running time trials as fast as Adelaide's midfielders.

"We don't want Tex to get stuck deep in our forward line," Crows assistant coach David Noble said.

"He doesn't want to do that and as coaches we're not doing our job if we don't develop other areas of his game. He needs to have the capacity to do more and what he's shown us this pre-season is that he does."

Friday, 3 July 2009
Despite earning a NAB rising star nomination in round 10, Taylor Walker is dropped from the Crows side to face Richmond after having three quiet games.

"We all know how talented a player Taylor is, especially offensively. He's got an exquisite kicking ability and so forth, but we just want Taylor to tidy up on some of his defensive action," Adelaide coach Neil Craig said.

"Even though he plays up forward, that is pretty important for us and I don't want him to have the pressure of AFL games on him to do that. I'm sure Taylor will come back fairly soon."

Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Adelaide forward Taylor Walker has earned the round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for his five-goal haul against Hawthorn.

The young forward has been compared to former Crow great Tony Modra.

"I don't think you can compare me and Tony Modra. He's kicked more than 500 goals. I've played 10 games and kicked 20 goals, so I don't think there's any comparison there," he said.

Monday, 11 May 2009
A wonderful exhibition up forward against the Bulldogs has Adelaide fans excited about 19-year-old Taylor Walker.

Walker kicked 4 goals and took 9 marks in Adelaide's loss to the Bulldogs.

"It was the best game Taylor has played for us. Not so much because of the shots on goal he had - although that was pleasing - but I was really pleased with the way Taylor went about his work," Crows coach Neil Craig said.

"He actually won a bit more of his own ball and put himself in position to compete for the ball one-on-one. In the past, unless we've been able to get the ball to him cleanly, he hasn't necessarily been able to get himself into the game."

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