Crows over early pre-season issues

23 December 2017 23:39:55 GMTPlus11

Adelaide's players have buckled down for pre-season as they bid to make up for last season's Grand Final defeat, says Daniel Talia.

The Crows defender insists the club won't have a hangover from their loss to Richmond in the decider, as they have addressed their issues in a player-driven meeting.

The club ended their pre-Christmas training program with a tough session at Football Park on Friday, with the intensity having ramped up after a less than ideal start.

Some players came back out of shape for the start of pre-season, and Talia said the group themselves had taken the responsibility of addressing that.

"We were a bit behind where we needed to be," he conceded. "We're an honest group, we know when we run certain times and we do a certain type of pre-season, it sets us up for the year.

"The meetings were player-run, not aggressive at all, just being honest with each other and letting each other know we've got to improve. That's certainly happened the last three weeks."

Talia has helped drive the improvement as part of a Crows' leadership group that also includes captain Taylor Walker, vice-captain Rory Sloane and forwards Eddie Betts and Tom Lynch.

He said the initial problems when pre-season began had been down to a combination of factors - players were recovering from injuries, and they'd had a shorter break due to making the Grand Final.

He says it's important the club heed the example of Sydney, who lost their first six games this year having lost the decider in 2016.

"We had to address that really quick because we saw what happened to Sydney last year, 0-6, we don't want a repeat of that," added Talia.

"We were a bit behind where we need to be, but I think we've caught that up now."

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