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Daniel Talia
#12   Adelaide Crows
Age: 26yr 8mth    Games: 159     Born: October 2, 1991    
Height: 197cm     Weight: 98kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #13 2009 National Draft by Adelaide Crows
Supercoach Price: $378,600   Supercoach Profile
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Contract Status: RFA at the end of 2021   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Daniel Talia Biography

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.

Saturday, 22 April 2017
Daniel Talia injures his hamstring in the opening minute of Adelaide's big win against Gold Coast.

Talia pulled up abruptly when following an opponent in the Suns' first forward foray, clutching the top of his left hamstring and immediately trying to hobble towards the bench.

He got caught in the play attempting to leave the field, and even managed to kick the ball with his right foot 40 metres, before reaching the bench looking resigned.

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."

Monday, 17 October 2016
The AFL releases a statement after News Corp published details of a submission the Bulldogs made during the investigation into Michael Talia in 2015.

The leaked documents detail several accusatory claims about the leaking of inside information to the Crows prior to the elimination final between the two clubs, implicating Talia and various Crows players including Daniel Talia, Kyle Cheney and Jake Lever.

"In this matter, the AFL received numerous submissions and conducted a broad range of interviews," a statement from the AFL read.

"The documents made public today are only one side of the story, and their publication is unfair to all parties involved."

Thursday, 22 September 2016
Adelaide defender Daniel Talia would have missed the rest of the finals series with an adductor injury if the Crows had have beaten the Sydney Swans last week.

The All Australian played out his side's semi-final loss to the Swans with the injury despite suffering the strain in the first term at the SCG.

But the Crows have said the best and fairest winner would have likely been ruled out for the last two weeks of the finals series to recover from the injury.

"'Tals' has got a grade two-to-three adductor strain, so if we were still playing he'd probably miss a couple of weeks," the Crows' high performance manager Brett Burton said.

"Given it's the offseason, he'll rest that over the next few weeks and be fine to join in with the normal offseason program.”

Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Daniel Talia signs a five-year contract extension with Adelaide that will keep him at the club until the end of 2021.

The deal will take him straight through the restricted free agency window and go a long way towards making him a one-club player.

"I have spoken before about my passion for the club and I feel this playing group has the talent and determination to achieve sustained success," Talia said.

"There is a positive vibe around the place, a willingness to work hard and genuine desire to continually improve."

Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Tex Walker is again named captain of the Crows for 2016.

Sam Jacobs and Richard Douglas have also been added to Adelaide's leadership group for 2016.

Jacobs and Douglas join Walker, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo and Daniel Talia in the leadership group following a player vote.

Monday, 8 February 2016
Jake Lever says he wants to continue developing his leadership skills at Adelaide under the tutelage of fellow Crow defender Daniel Talia.

"Tarls is a fantastic leader down there…even though he's young he really took hold of the backline [last year]," Lever said.

"It's something that I would like to learn off him; leadership is something that I think I could provide for the team."

Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Western Bulldogs premiership ruckman Harvey Stevens believes his "shattered" grandson Michael Talia deserves a public apology after being accused of sharing game-sensitive information.

"What they've done to him, I'm just absolutely disgusted," Stevens, 85, who played in the Dogs' only premiership victory in 1954, said.

"The day in question they reckon he passed on information was just ridiculous because the lad was so keen for them to win that day. It was just stupid.

"It was just like two boys … they say very little as far as those sort of things to one another, (they) just talk like we normally do about football."

Meanwhile Steven's wife, Elva, told News Corp that the Bulldogs' actions had ended the family's 88-year association with the club.

As well as Harvey Stevens, the Talias' great-grandfather Arthur played 64 games for Footscray between 1927 and 1932.

"We'll never have anything to do with them again, not under the present regime," Mrs Stevens said.

Harvey Stevens said his grandson – who wore his No.32 guernsey and was a lifelong Bulldogs supporter – had been "ambushed" at the club after the elimination final defeat.

The out-of-contract defender believed he was going to speak to coach Luke Beveridge about his playing future when he was instead told of the allegations.

"He went down there to talk to the coach and they just accused him of … passing on things to his brother," said Stevens, who played 72 games for the Dogs from 1953-57.

"He wanted to have a talk to the coach – he never got a chance. He rang the coach two or three times and the coach never spoke back to him. He was so disappointed. He wanted to know what his future was there.

"I sat down with my wife with him and we had a yarn to him and the kid was absolutely shattered with what he'd been charged with.

"I'm still very, very disgusted with the club that we've been connected with for so, so many years to think that they'd do this to our family.

"I'm just hoping that somewhere along the line there's a public apology for that boy because it's absolutely a disgrace."

Thursday, 26 November 2015
The Western Bulldogs say they are "troubled" by aspects of the AFL investigation that ultimately cleared former Bulldogs Michael Talia of leaking game-sensitive information to his brother Daniel at the Crows.

"As a Club we are troubled by certain aspects of the AFL investigation," the Bulldogs said in a statement.

"However, our responsibility has been to ensure that our club complied with our fundamental values and obligations and we are satisfied that we have done so. We note the relevant finding of the AFL in relation to this point."

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Michael Talia is cleared of sharing game-sensitive information with his brother Daniel ahead of the second elimination final between Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs.

But in its findings released on Wednesday, the AFL has issued a formal warning to Crow Kyle Cheney for his conduct as part of the incident.

"The AFL is satisfied that the evidence does not support any finding that the rules have been contravened," AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said.

After interviewing a further 16 people, the AFL found no intention between the brothers to leak sensitive information, but have formally warned Cheney.

Saturday, 21 November 2015
Kyle Cheney is set to be cautioned by the AFL for his role in sparking the investigation into former Bulldog Michael Talia and brother Daniel.

Cheney has come under fire after admitting to AFL investigators he was joking when he told ex-teammate Ben Stratton the Crows had received information about the Bulldogs' forward set-up for the September final at the MCG.

Stratton alerted Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge, who used to be an assistant at the Hawks, to the situation, leading Beveridge to phone Cheney to seek the truth.

It is believed Cheney was hesitant to tell Beveridge he had overstated the accusation levelled at now Michael Talia, now with the Sydney Swans.

The Talia brothers are reportedly disappointed by the League's handling of the situation and also the wording of the statement, which subtly hinted they should have had a case to answer, despite being cleared by the formal investigation.

The Crows are also set to be cleared, with the League content that stand-in coach Scott Camporeale had not received any information on the Bulldogs' game-plan.

Sunday, 8 November 2015
Brothers Michael and Daniel Talia are still waiting for the outcome of an AFL probe into allegations of 'information sharing'.

The inquiry being lead by the League's integrity unit is understood to still be open and there is no timeframe for it to be completed.

An AFL spokesperson said officials would take as much time as they need to complete the probe.

Thursday, 24 September 2015
Michael Talia has no option but to depart the Western Bulldogs after being "left hanging" in the midst of a current AFL investigation, according to his manager Liam Pickering.

The Dogs have called on the AFL to look into leaking claims where Talia was said to have told his brother, Adelaide's Daniel, private team information ahead of their elimination final a fortnight ago.

Despite not playing in the match, Michael is alleged to have passed on information which made its way to Crows defender Kyle Cheney.

He then informed a former Hawthorn teammate who is believed to have passed on details to Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge, well-known to Hawks players through being a former assistant coach at that club.

Out of contract and in demand from rival clubs, Pickering revealed his client had been attempting to make contact with Beveridge.

"I'm really surprised and a little disappointed he hasn't heard from the coach still," Pickering said.

"He's left him a number of messages and hasn't heard back. I think he's spoken to a heap of Hawthorn blokes.

"They're brothers, they have discussions every second night. He went in thinking he was going to see the coach and he still hasn't seen him. He hasn't spoken to Michael.

"He's (Michael) not going to be there (Western Bulldogs) next year, it's as simple as that.

"Daniel's been cleared by his club, there's no issues from that end. The one that's been left hanging is Michael, which is really disappointing."

Tuesday, 22 September 2015
The Western Bulldogs have asked the AFL's integrity unit to investigate the leaking of "game-sensitive information" ahead of its elimination final against Adelaide.

The club said it became aware more than a week ago of the "inappropriate transmission" of internal match planning and conducted its own investigation.

Adelaide has insisted it did not use the sensitive information to its advantage in the seven-point win.

It is understood out-of-contract defender Michael Talia, whose brother Daniel plays for the Crows, is at the centre of the investigation.

"The Western Bulldogs became aware on Monday 14 September of allegations of the inappropriate transmission of game-sensitive information from the Western Bulldogs to the Adelaide Crows prior to the final on 12 September," Bulldogs CEO David Stevenson said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

"The club conducted such interviews and enquiries as we considered appropriate last week and as a result of those enquiries, the club has today referred the matter to the AFL for consideration by its integrity unit.

"While we do not believe this matter had a material bearing on the game or the result, we believe it is appropriate to report these matters relating to integrity to the AFL for investigation."

The Crows won the elimination final against the Bulldogs by seven points, and coach Scott Camporeale was asked on radio in the week following if he had received sensitive information from within the Bulldogs.

The coach said he did not, and Crows CEO Andrew Fagan said any leak did not have an impact on the coaching group's strategies.

"We are aware of an internal investigation undertaken by the Western Bulldogs regarding the transmission of some limited game-sensitive information in the lead up to our recent final," Fagan said in a statement.

"Our club strongly refutes any suggestion of wrongdoing.

"At no stage did our coaches meet to discuss any information received from an external source, nor did it alter our team selection, strategies or game plan."

Monday, 27 July 2015
Jake Lever says having Daniel Talia alonside him in Adelaide's backline has been of great benefit to his development as an AFL defender.

"He's obviously a fantastic player and just the way he goes about his football and his preparation, he's a perfect role model for me," Lever said.

"He doesn't sugar-coat anything. If I don't concentrate for one or two minutes of the game you can really get blown out of the game, in a sense.

"He's always tells me to concentrate and he's always reminding me on-field."

Sunday, 29 March 2015
Michael Talia says his All-Australian brother Daniel has been a source of inspiration to him.

"To see him named an All Australian last year and also in the (Adelaide) leadership group, I'm extremely proud of him," Talia said.

"I always use Daniel for tips on an upcoming opponent and feedback on my own game, so it's great to have someone so close to you that you can feed off."

Monday, 24 November 2014
Daniel Talia has been promoted into the club's leadership group for the first time, replacing Sam Jacobs and Richard Douglas.

Talia joins 2014 members Nathan van Berlo, Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Taylor Walker and Scott Thompson in the six-man group to lead in 2015.

"Each member of the group possesses a unique leadership style and as a group they complement each other well," Adelaide coach Phil Walsh said.

"All of them have a strong presence and what is best for the team sits at the forefront of their minds."

Saturday, 6 September 2014
Daniel Talia is crowned the Crows' 2014 club champion, finishing strongly in a thrilling count to claim his first Malcolm Blight Medal.

Talia shared the lead with Patrick Dangerfield entering the final round on 72 votes, but his stellar performance on St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt in round 23 saw him clinch the award (79 votes) from Rory Sloane (77).

Dangerfield finished third (76) and only nine votes separated the top five, which was rounded out by Brodie Smith (72) and Sam Jacobs (70).
Monday, 30 June 2014
Daniel Talia says he is adding 'tricks' to his game, and is no longer just a lock-down backman.

"I think I'm starting to develop a few more tricks - obviously I'm getting a bit more of the ball this year and maybe taking a few more marks," Talia said.

"I've always been able to lock down an opponent, but I feel I'm adding an offensive side to my game."

Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Michael Talia signs a new two-year deal with the Western Bulldogs.

"Michael's got fantastic running ability, which Daniel has as well," Western Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said when comparing the key defender to his brother Daniel who plays at the Crows.

"Michael probably tends to win a little bit more of the football than Daniel, yet Daniel can lock down on players a little bit better than Michael can at the moment. It's funny, there's a lot of similarities, and there's a lot of differences."

Saturday, 7 September 2013
Rory Sloane wins his first Malcolm Blight Medal as the Crow's best and fairest, capping a sensational personal season for the 23-year-old who averaged a career high 24 disposals a game.

Sloane finished just three votes ahead of 2010 winner Richard Douglas and 11 clear of Patrick Dangerfield and Daniel Talia.

"It was a tough year for the club and you always want to help your teammates as much as you can and I'm glad I did that," Sloane said.

"I always thought 'Dougy' was going to win this for sure for the second time.

"I'm very humbled having the year I've had and receiving the gold jacket and Malcolm Blight Medal, but you want to help your team get to finals and that's purely my goal for next season."

Thursday, 9 May 2013
As the Crows prepare to take on GWS, Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Jeremy Cameron and Daniel Talia are setting out on a great rivalry.

"Cameron v Talia would be a really juicy matchup for the fans," Sanderson said.

"Cameron's a star, he already is, when this side gets up and running he's going to be almost unstoppable. We obviously rate our boy too, 'Tails' is an absolute ripper."

Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Daniel Talia signs a new three-year deal with Adelaide.

"I love playing alongside the boys here, and under Sando (coach Brenton Sanderson) and Dasher (Darren Milburn)," Talia said.

"The culture is really good. We've got a core group of guys around my age and I'm enjoying being in Adelaide.

"Hopefully, the team has some success over the next few years and I want to be a part of that."

Sunday, 9 September 2012
The season of NAB Rising Star winner Daniel Talia is over after scans confirmed that the key defender suffered a broken arm in the Crows' qualifying final loss to the Sydney Swans.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Crow Daniel Talia has become the first Adelaide player to win the NAB AFL Rising Star award.

"I don't think I really expected it, but I feel really privileged to be here. It's good to get back home today and see my family and friends, and I'm obviously thrilled to win it," Talia said.

"I've always been one of those guys who tried putting in a bit more work than my opponent. I try and do everything possible.

"I had a lot of injuries as a kid growing up and I've always had to do that extra work to get back on the park. I try to put everything into my career, and football's pretty much given me everything I've got."

Thursday, 30 August 2012
Key defender Daniel Talia appears an unbackable favourite to become Adelaide Crows' first NAB Rising Star winner after a leading betting stopped taking bets on the award.

"The money has just kept coming for Talia and given we had him at $1.65 we think he is a very good thing to get the award," sportsbet.com.au's Shaun Anderson said.

"As a result we have closed the market a week earlier than usual."

Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson says Talia would be a deserving winner of the award.

"It's a pretty good field, there's some young kids who have had some great seasons, but Dan plays on the opposition's best forward each week and I don't think he's been beaten too often this year, if at all," Sanderson said.

"I've loved his season, I couldn't be more impressed with it."

Sunday, 12 August 2012
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Daniel Talia has already won the Rising Star Award.

"He just wins the Rising Star now," Sanderson said.

"He's taken scalp, after scalp, after scalp, and Pavlich is an outstanding player and he's had a great season, he's been in red hot form.

"For a young kid to do what he's doing every week he just wins it."

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Adelaide's Daniel Talia has blossomed as a key defender after the departures of Nathan Bock and Phil Davis, earning a NAB rising star nomination for his effort against Saint Nick Riewoldt in round 12.

"When I first got to the club there were a lot of really talented backmen like Phil and Nathan as well as 'Truck' (Ben Rutten) and Scott Stevens. I was wondering how I'd ever get into this side, I'm that far back," Talia said.

"Things worked out well for me, not that we wanted to lose Phil and Nathan or have Scott retire, but that all happened pretty quickly and I suppose I was forced to play really early because the spot was open.

"I took that opportunity with both hands and I still want to consolidate my spot back there and I'm grateful I've got the opportunity now."

Thursday, 5 April 2012
Groundbreaking surgery has Adelaide defender Daniel Talia playing without pain in his foot after spending much of 2011 coping with achilles tendonitis.

"It's a massive difference to be on a foot you can run around on without pain and you get a lot of confidence in that," Talia said.

"You're not going out there asking 'is my foot going to get through this?' You just go out there more focused on your job and I think that's helped a lot this year."

Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Young Crow defender Daniel Talia says there is tough competition for spots in the Adelaide backline.

"There's blokes like Lewis Johnston, Luke Thompson, Andy Otten and myself all vying for those key defensive roles," Talia said.

"I'm out there to get one of those spots, but in saying that there's a lot of competition for that key back spot."

Monday, 19 September 2011
Adelaide has secured impressive defender Daniel Talia to a new contract, a key signing after the departures of fellow defenders Nathan Bock and Phil Davis to Gold Coast and GWS respectively.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Adelaide defender Daniel Talia wants to steal the best-22 place of his mentor Phil Davis.

"There's only one spot in defence between three or four of us. Phil's probably ahead right now, but there's definitely a lot of competition. Hopefully, Luke Thompson, James Sellar and myself can push up for that spot in the senior team," Talia said.

"For a bloke that's fighting for the same position as me Phil has been really helpful. I appreciate what he does for me, but it would be good if I could push for his spot and kick him out. He won't like me saying that, but that's the reality of it."

Friday, 27 November 2009
Adelaide recruit Daniel Talia says an impromptu school visit might have swayed the club's first pick in the NAB AFL Draft.

"Hamish [Adelaide recruiter Hamish Ogilvie] came down to my school and had a chat to my teachers. I guess the club was really doing its homework on me," Talia said.

"Fortunately for me, my principal Michael Kenny used to coach the U19s at Glenelg. He's from Adelaide and he's a big Crows' supporter, so I think he gave me a really good rap which might've helped me in the end."

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