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Taylor Adams

#3   Sydney Swans
Age: 30yr 8mth    Games: 213     Born: September 20, 1993     Origin: Geelong Falcons
Height: 181cm     Weight: 85kg     Position: Midfield, Forward
Drafted: Round 1, Pick #13 2011 National Draft by GWS Giants
Supercoach Price: $378,000   Supercoach Profile
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Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2026   AFL Player Contracts
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Taylor Adams Biography

Monday, 4 December 2023
After moving to Sydney, Taylor Adams' says the pain of missing out on a premiership through injury with the Magpies is still raw.

"That was certainly part of the reason I wanted to come here. I'm 30 years old and just missed out on the premiership," an emotional Adams said.

"You could go as far as saying my career would be unfulfilled if I didn't get one, which is probably an extreme statement, but that's how much we all want to win them."

Adams hopes to play more as a midfielder as a Swan.

"I felt like I had more to give. So, my manager got in contact with the Swans and he identified a need that they may have, and 'Horse' (John Longmire) and his team jumped at it. It happened really quickly after the Grand Final. I met with him (Longmire) up here and he basically said, 'We need someone with your experience and the way you play your footy as an inside mid.'" he said.

ďAnd I still think I've got my best footy ahead of me. My body has been good the last two years, albeit missing again some pretty crucial games, mentally I feel like I can still compete at the top level."

Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Taylor Adams is traded from Collingwood to Sydney in exchange for pick No.33.

"Taylor brings a wealth of experience both on and off the field, and will be a great addition to our team," Sydney football manager Charlie Gardiner said.

"He is an elite midfielder and an outstanding leader, and we believe his experience will not only help us win games but provide support for our developing young midfield. We are looking forward to welcoming him to the club."

Sunday, 8 October 2023
Taylor Adams requests a trade from Collingwood to Sydney.
Tuesday, 26 September 2023
Taylor Adams will not be part of Collingwood's 2023 Grand Final side due to a low-grade hamstring strain.

"Taylor is an ultimate professional and a true leader both on and off the field and we will wrap our arms around him and continue to support him this week," Collingwood GM of Football, Graham Wright, said.

"Taylor was incredibly eager to be out there with his teammates and left no stone unturned in his rehabilitation and recovery and we all share in his disappointment."

Saturday, 16 September 2023
Taylor Adams is ruled out of the Magpies preliminary final after suffering a hamstring strain at training.

"While it's disappointing for him and the team that he won't be available for the upcoming preliminary final, the positive is that it is only a minor strain," Magpies football boss Graham Wright said.

"Our medical staff are working closely with Taylor who will immediately commence rehabilitation on his left hamstring."

Monday, 1 August 2022
The Magpies will be without Taylor Adams for the rest of the home and away season after he suffered a groin injury in Collingwood's win over Port Adelaide at the MCG.
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Scott Pendlebury will lead Collingwood for the ninth straight year in 2022, supported by vice-captains Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore.
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Collingwood has named a leadership group for the 2021 season with Darcy Moore being the newest addition.

Scott Pendlebury, 33, will captain the Magpies for an eighth consecutive season and will build on his current record for most games as club captain (149) in 2021.

Brodie Grundy, Jordan Roughead, Steele Sidebottom, Taylor Adams and Jeremy Howe round out the Magpies seven-man leadership group, with the latter three serving as vice-captains.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Taylor Adams wins the Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest player for the 2020 season.

Adams blitzed the field to poll 100 votes and finish well clear of captain Scott Pendlebury in second and defender Jack Crisp in third.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Scott Pendlebury is set to become Collingwood's longest-serving skipper after being named captain for a seventh straight season.

Steele Sidebottom will continue on as vice-captain, while Jeremy Howe and Taylor Adams have been elevated as leaders of the club. All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy and Jordan Roughead have also been added to the leadership group for the first time.

Lynden Dunn was in the group last year but is not currently on the list as he recovers from a second knee reconstruction.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Taylor Adams' 2019 injury issues have continued as he deals with a lower leg ailment requiring him to wear a moon boot on his left foot.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Taylor Adams signs a new five-year deal with Collingwood to remain at the club until the end of 2024.

Adams' new deal effectively makes him a Magpie for life given he will be 31 when it expires.

"'Tay' has distinguished himself in big games. He played superbly in last season's finals series and has always displayed great heart and intensity," Collingwood list manager Ned Guy said.

"He demands a lot of himself and his teammates and his prime years as a player have arrived. We like what we see ahead for him, just as he likes what he sees ahead for the team.

"With that we were both happy to make a wholehearted investment in a future together."

Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Taylor Adams reveals the frustration of his latest adductor setback, which has delayed his return until round 14 or 15.

In the latter part of a Pies' main training session, Adams suffered a tear in the scar tissue that connected the tendon to the muscle after being tackled while in a crouched position.

"It felt not as bad as when I (first) did it but pretty similar. Scar tissue's got a lot of nerve endings in it. It was like I was ripping a piece of paper," Adams told RSN radio.

"Because we pushed so hard for two-and-a-half weeks prior to re-injuring it, I put a lot of energy into it and a lot of emotional energy into it, and for it to come unstuck hurt me a bit. It took me four or five days to get over that."

Monday, 6 May 2019
Taylor Adams will be sidelined for up to a month with a left adductor strain sustained in Collingwood's win over Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium.

"We first thought it was muscle. It's not muscle, it's tendon so that's obviously not a great sign," Adams said.

Thursday, 28 February 2019
Taylor Adams will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a finger injury and will undergo surgery to repair a tendon injury.

"The finger continually displaces, and has done so for some time. It had reached the stage where bracing the finger or taping it were not adequate solutions and it was not improving," Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Scott Pendlebury will captain Collingwood for a sixth season with Collingwood announcing an unchanged leadership group for 2019.

Pendlebury, the third longest serving Magpies skipper, will again be supported by Steele Sidebottom as vice-captain and fellow leaders Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Lynden Dunn.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Taylor Adams says that he and the rest of the Collingwood playing group are filthy that they will not be playing finals in 2017.

"We know we've put in a power of work over the last couple of years and we thought we deserved some results and some on-field success," Adams told RSN.

"I expected to play finals.

"My opinion is our list is good enough to play finals and we've let ourselves down."

Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Taylor Adams is expecting his accidental sledge at Melbourne to result in the heat being ramped up for the Queen's Birthday clash at the MCG.

Demons star Bernie Vince took offence to Adams' comments that Magpies defender, and former Demon, Lynden Dunn, hadn't been part of a successful club before.

"It's a pretty fiery game as it is, so it probably adds a bit of fuel to an already big-burning fire," Adams told RSN927.

"I'd like to see more of it, to be honest. Like the NBA, I like how honest and raw the players are.

"It's almost cocky, but it's just confidence."

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Taylor Adams' comments about Collingwood recruit Lynden Dunn finally being at a "successful club" have caused a stir, with Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince saying the team would use them as extra motivation for the Queen's Birthday clash.

In an interview following the Magpies' 20-point win over Fremantle in Perth on Sunday, the midfielder was asked to describe the impact former Demon Dunn had made since joining Collingwood.

"[Lynden] hasn't been part of a real successful club and I just get the feeling he loves being here at Collingwood," Adams told ABC Radio.

"It's just given him a spring in his step and the way he leads around the footy club and out on the field, it's crucial to our back six and our 18 out there."

Despite not being aware of Adams' comments, at his press conference Vince added extra spice to the clash between the traditional rivals.

"It might be (used as a motivating factor)," Vince said.

"What is he (Dunn) at a successful club now, is he?

"That's the first I've heard of it but we might be able to use that one as a bit of motivation.

"Not sure what he's done at Collingwood yet though."

Friday, 21 April 2017
Out-of-contract Devon Smith has dismissed rumours of a move to Collingwood where close friend and former Giant Taylor Adams is a joint vice-captain.

"I talk to 'Tay' (Taylor Adams) but it's not like he's their list manager, so I don't know where they got that one from," he said with a laugh.

"Last year I missed a large chunk of the season so I just want to play some good footy, and I'm loving being here."

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Collingwood announces a three-man leadership group to front the Magpies in 2017.

Scott Pendlebury will captain the club for the fourth season in succession, with Steele Sidebottom and Taylor Adams as vice-captains.

Nathan Brown, now with St Kilda, and the retired Brett Macaffer were in last season's group, and the Magpies have chosen not to replace them.

Monday, 15 August 2016
Collingwood has ruled out midfielder Taylor Adams for the remaining two games of the 2016 season due to an ankle injury.

"I don't think he will need any surgery but he won't play for the rest of the season," Collingwood football manager Neil Balme said.

Sunday, 5 June 2016
Taylor Adams will miss at least the next six weeks to nurse his left hamstring injury.

The 22-year-old sustained the setback in the third quarter of Collingwood's 21-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.

"The hamstring injury is probably going to leave me off the ground for six to eight weeks," Adams said.

"It's a tendon injury high up in my hamstring so the physios and the docs are pretty cautious when a tendon is involved in any injury."

Monday, 30 May 2016
Taylor Adams is set for an extended period on the sidelines with his hamstring injury.
Thursday, 10 March 2016
Taylor Adams signs a new three-year deal with Collingwood that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
Sunday, 6 March 2016
Taylor Adams mourns the passing of Paul Couch.

Adams played alongside one of Crouch's sons Joe in under-14s at St Joseph's College where they were coached by the much-loved Geelong star and 1989 Brownlow medallist.

"I've got got a few quotes that really stick in my mind and one of them was he said 'being a midfielder is the most luxurious place on the footy field', because we get first crack at it," Adams said.

"The thing about Couchy, I haven't probably seen him for three or four years but when he was coaching us he just had so much time for all the kids and everyone looked up to him and idolised him.

"So obviously it's sad for the family and our hearts go out to Joe and Tom, his two sons, and obviously his wife (Geraldine)."

Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Collingwood adds Taylor Adams and Brent Macaffer to its five-man leadership group.

The duo join skipper Scott Pendlebury along with Steele Sidebottom and Nathan Brown in the group.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Taylor Adams says he wants to take on more responsibility at Collingwood by being an on-field leader.

"A lot of the boys would probably say I am pretty demanding out on the track and have high expectations," Adams said.

"That is something we need to improve on coming into the second half of the year, where we fell away and relied on too few at the top of the leadership group to drive the boys."

Adams said his approach would remain the same regardless of whether or not he is included in Collingwood's leadership group for 2016.

"If I am not it won't change the way I go about things," Adams said.

"I am still going to be demanding out on the field and try to instruct the boys and that is exactly what we need out there."

Saturday, 21 November 2015
Taylor Adams is working with sprint coach Bohdan Babijczuk during the off-season on the efficiency of his running technique as he looks to add another element to his game.

"I'm trying to make my running as efficient as possible," Adams said.

"I've never really done anything like that before, and I saw it as room for improvement."

Friday, 9 October 2015
Scott Pendlebury has joined elite company after winning his fourth Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest at Crown Palladium.

Just two other Magpies, Len Thompson (five) and Nathan Buckley (six), have taken home the honour on more occasions.

The Magpies skipper polled 169 votes to street the competition, with fellow star midfielder Dane Swan (120) a distant runner-up.

Young midfielders Jack Crisp (113) and Taylor Adams (103) held down third and fourth-place finishes respectively.

Monday, 15 June 2015
Taylor Adams gathers a game-high 36 disposals, seven inside 50s and seven tackles in the Pies' 42-point win over his former team, the GWS Giants.

"It's a pretty easy one to get up for," Adams said.

"I've got a lot of great friendships up there and I certainly wanted to win."

It is well known the young Giants are proficient in dishing out snide verbal remarks and Adams said he was not expecting anything less.

"There were a few jokes here and there, but I'll catch up with a beer with them after the game and we'll laugh about it because I've got some good mates up there," he said.

Monday, 26 January 2015
Taylor Adams has been issued with an on-the-spot fine for being drunk at Lamby's nightclub in Geelong with his sister and friends when he was thrown out at around 11pm.
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Despite himself returning home to Victoria to play for Collingwood at the end of 2013, former Giant Taylor Adams says Greater Western Sydney's out-of-contract young guns should think carefully about whether a return to Victoria is right for them.

"Everyone's different but I think if you're playing good footy up there, there's not much reason to come home," Adams said.

"When you think about it it's your job. If you're doing your job well, you're going to be happy.

"Some guys have different things happening in their lives, but for me my decision was based on football (opportunities)."

Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Taylor Adams is determined to own a position in Collingwood's midfield in 2015, saying he would be "angry" if coach Nathan Buckley wasn't thinking of giving him an opportunity to cement himself in the side.

"I'd be pissed off if he (Buckley) didn't," Adams said.

"There's a handful of guys there that can do it and if I wasn't in that handful I'd be pretty angry and disappointed.

"I think I've done enough developing to certainly step up."

Monday, 4 August 2014
Former Giant and Collingwood recruit Taylor Adams is averaging 24 disposals in his last 7 games as the Magpies close in on a finals berth.

"There's a lot more pressure playing down in Melbourne at the biggest club, but I don't really read too much into it. I go out there and do my best every week, I go out there every week," he said.

"I train as hard as I can and do everything off the track to make myself better. You do notice the pressure but I try not to think about it when I'm out there.

Adams says playing finals was a big factor in his decision to move from GWS to the Pies.

"I really wanted to play finals immediately and we're going in the right direction to do that now," he said.

Taylor Adams is unlikely to play again this season after scans revealed a torn ligament in his left finger.

The Magpies expect Adams will miss between four to six weeks with the injury, after he hurt his finger in the first quarter of Sunday's gritty six-point win over Port Adelaide at the MCG.

The 20-year-old played out the game, gathering 28 touches for his troubles, but Collingwood director of football Rodney Eade confirmed surgery was needed.

"After the game, the fear was that he'd torn the tendon off the top end of his ring finger on his left hand," Eade said.

"Having been to the surgeon (confirmed) that is the case. He'll have surgery so it's a four to six-week injury."
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Taylor Adams admits that his disposal is one area of his game that needs to improve.

"I can find the ball all right, but sometimes I don't use it as well as I'd like," Adams said.

"I don't think you can ever be too good a kick. It's one of my areas of improvement and I've done a lot of work over the pre-season on that."

Thursday, 20 February 2014
Being a better inside player is a goal that Stephen Coniglio has set for himself and the rest of the GWS midfield in 2014 following the departures of Taylor Adams and Dom Tyson.

"You've got to win the hard ball first before you can do anything and this year that'll be one of my goals, to make sure I get better at that," Coniglio said.

"Losing Dom Tyson, who was an inside specialist, and Taylor Adams, who loves the grunt and loves being inside, we need to take it to the next level.

"Another year in the gym, we'll be physically stronger and won't be pushed over as easily as some of our midfielders probably have been in our first two years."

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Scott Pendlebury says he has issued a challenge to Taylor Adams, traded to the Magpies from the Giants last year, to challenge for a spot in Collingwood's midfield.

"One of the things I spoke to Taylor about when he first got here was that I expected him to be pushing guys like myself, Beamsy, Bally, Swanny, and push us out of the midfield and take our spots because that's going to make us better," Pendlebury said.

"He's definitely put in the work over the summer, he played really well the other night and to play like that in his first game for the club I think he got respect straight away from the boys."

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
After being locked in a stand-off for days, GWS and Collingwood finally reach an in-principle agreement sending Heath Shaw to the Giants and Taylor Adams to the Magpies in a straight swap, with Collingwood to pay a percentage of Shaw's salary in the first year of his contract.

"The word was that it would happen but the clock was counting down and until it is done there is always doubt," Adams said.

"The Giants put two years into me and helped me enormously and with some really close friends at the club there will always be a part of me that wishes the club well.

"It was really a decision based on a desire to be closer to my family and friends and the idea of playing for a big club in Melbourne."

Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Young Giant Taylor Adams looks set to join Collingwood after Magpie defender Heath Shaw declared his intention to join GWS.

"It's certainly not a done deal, but it's fair to say it's slightly more likely as a result of (Shaw's decision)," Adams' manager Scott Lucas told SEN radio.

"I'm sure Collingwood would be keen to look at a swap of Heath Shaw for Taylor Adams. Whether GWS think that's fair and reasonable is another question."

Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Taylor Adams' manager Winston Rous says Collingwood is well placed to trade with GWS for the services of the young midfielder.

"It's all about satisfying the Giants, and it certainly just strengthens Collingwood's position, having potentially two first-round picks as well as Heath Shaw in play," Rous said.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Essendon join Collingwood and Richmond in the race for the services of young, out-of-contract GWS Giant Taylor Adams.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Taylor Adams says he is comfortable being at GWS but will not enter into contract talks with the club until the end of the season.

"I think I'm over the homesickness at the moment and I'm really enjoying it up here in Sydney and made some really good friendships," he said following GWS' 59-point loss to Geelong on Saturday.

"I just have to sit down and think about what's right for me (and) I'll probably wait until the end of the season," Adams said.

"There's no rush, I'll just take my time and make the right decision."

Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Taylor Adams is attracting strong interest from Victorian clubs but is in no hurry to sign new deal with GWS.

"Discussions are on-going and going well, and at the appropriate time we'll sit down with Taylor and discuss further in greater detail," Adams' manager Scott Lucas said.

Thursday, 28 June 2012
Greater Western Sydney has suspended Taylor Adams for one match and fined him $3,500 for his role in a nightclub fracas.

"We take these matters extremely seriously and it is important as the AFL's newest club that we send a strong message to our playing group and the wider community that we won't accept this type of behaviour," GWS chief executive David Matthews said.

"To his credit, Taylor has accepted responsibility for his actions and we believe he will learn from this and become an important part of our club for many years to come."

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
GWS midfielder Taylor Adams has been placed on a diversion program in Geelong Magistrates' Court on Monday after escaping conviction following a guilty plea to recklessly causing injury.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Taylor Adams and Devon Smith grew up friends in the Geelong area and this week will return home to tackle the Cats at Simonds Stadium.

"We became friends and then played footy together and against each other from about under-14s onwards," Adams said.

"It's been about five or six years and we played against each other and had a few biffs and what not, but we've been friends ever since."

Saturday, 28 April 2012
Taylor Adams makes his AFL debut for GWS at Manuka Oval with 17 disposals (7 kicks and 10 handballs), 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal in a 42-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Young GWS midfielder Taylor Adams is facing an assault charge over an incident in January.

"Taylor has indicated to the club that he will exercise all his legal rights," GWS chief executive David Matthews said in a statement.

"As it is now a legal matter and will go before the courts, the club has no further comment at this time."

Thursday, 26 January 2012
Gws player Taylor Adams has revealed he was involved in a barroom altercation in Geelong at the start of January.

"Taylor and the club take this matter extremely seriously and will do all we can to co-operate with the police investigation. Until that is completed, we have no further comment at this time," GWS chief executive David Matthews said.

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