GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JULY 13: Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates winning during the round 17 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on July 13, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images via AFL Photos)
Adelaide co-captain Taylor Walker is calling on the AFL to give more support to the struggling Gold Coast Suns.
The Queensland side suffered its second 90-point loss in two weeks against the Crows on Saturday and drew the criticism of former Lions captain Jonathon Brown.
Walker told Triple M’s Roo & Ditts the AFL should be pushing for senior players to guide the Suns’ young core.
“I don’t think draft picks are going to help,” Walker said.
“What I would say is I’d like the AFL to help them get some experienced players because I did feel for some of the young kids.
“It’s not what the AFL is about, getting beaten by 100 points consecutive weeks.”
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Walker pointed to Luke Hodge and Brisbane as a prime example of an experienced player having a strong impact on a young group.
“The way he’s gone up to Brisbane, you’d imagine he’s helped with their success this year,” Walker said.
“To see a guy like that go up there and help develop those kids… it would go a long way for their (Gold Coast’s) success.”
Brisbane sit third on the ladder after a 48-point win over Port Adelaide on Sunday.
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Power vice-captain Hamish Hartlett congratulated members of the opposition after the match, saying they were a chance for the premiership.
When asked his thoughts about the praise, following a loss, Walker said he was “all for that”.
“Good on him, (it’s) honesty and sportsmanship,” Walker said.
“It wasn’t a deep conversation, he just paid credit when credit was due.
The Crows will host an open training session at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday from 9.30am.