‘Passionate’ Tex hits back at captaincy criticism
TAYLOR Walker has no intention of stepping down as Adelaide captain despite his troubled AFL season.
Walker's year has been hampered by injury and suspension but he rejects suggestions he should hand over the captaincy to Rory Sloane for next season.
"I really enjoy being captain, it's a great honour to be able to lead this great footy club," he said on Tuesday.
"I grew up barracking for this footy club so I'm very passionate. I'm going to be a Crow for life.
"And if I can continue to be captain for as long I as I can, then I will keep putting my hand up," Walker said.
Inaugural Adelaide coach Graham Cornes is among a batch of pundits who believe Walker should step down.
"He is entitled to his opinion," Walker said.
"It's just depending whether I listen to it or not.
"I have got a lot of people I trust and until they tell me, then I am pretty confident that I will continue to do the job."
Walker has missed five games because of injury and one through suspension in the premiership season.
He also missed the entire pre-season competition because of a foot injury and said there was "no doubt" his form had suffered as a result.
"It has been very challenging," Walker said.
"I only did 10 or 20 per cent of pre-season so historically when you do that much, it definitely hinders you to be able to perform the way you want to.
"I would put my hand up and say that I haven't been able to perform the way I know I can.
"Knowing my body, I need to be able to train to be able to perform each week and for whatever reason I haven't been able to do that."