Walker vulnerable to Crows axe

23 June 2020 18:51:27 GMTPlus10

Former captain Taylor Walker is in danger of losing his place in Adelaide's side, as coach Matthew Nicks looks for solutions to their early-season struggles.

The Crows have lost their first three games of the campaign - the last two of them by more than 50 points.

Walker, who stepped down as the club's skipper last September after five years in the role, has been one of the players who has failed to fire so far in 2020.

He was Adelaide's leading goalkicker - for the third time - last year and is second on the club's all-time goals list, with 429.

The 30-year-old needs just 12 more to overtake Tony Modra at the top of the Crows' goalkicking chart.

You want to make them better footballers long-term, rather than putting them in at a point where maybe they're not ready.

Matthew Nicks.

Walker has only managed three goals so far this season, though, and Nicks has refused to guarantee his spot following the 53-point to last year's wooden spoon side Gold Coast.

The coach was frustrated at how easy the Suns were able to repel his team's forward attacks at Metricon Stadium.

"We've moved that ball into our forward line, the opposition have been able to mark the ball 18 times; I don't know if that's a record but it'd be right up there," said Nicks.

"We're asking a lot of 'Tex' (Walker) and Darcy Fogarty as our key (forwards) and helping out in the ruck. 'Tex' (Walker) at this point in time is struggling to get that job done forward of the ball."

Nicks is considering bringing young tall Elliott Himmelberg and former Port Adelaide big man Billy Frampton into the team to face a Brisbane side who have won their last two games.

"You want to make them better footballers long-term, rather than putting them in at a point where maybe they're not ready," he said.

"We will probably look at that this week because we were quite happy with the way a couple of them played in our seconds game."

Adelaide areĀ 23/4 to win their next game against Brisbane, who are 3/25.

The Crows areĀ 91/100 with a 33.5-points start.