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Fierce Adelaide reception no problem for "pro" Dangerfield

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Patrick Dangerfield can expect a heated reception at Adelaide Oval on Friday night, but coach Chris Scott is confident it will be water off a duck’s back.

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The Cats mentor agreed a baying Adelaide Oval crowd would likely welcome the Crows’ reigning club champion, who flew the coop last season for Geelong, near his home town of Moggs Creek.

But Scott doesn’t expect the welcome will have an impact on Dangerfield, who is the Brownlow medal favourite after an outstanding start to the year.

“He’s a pro … I don’t think it’ll be a problem for him,” he told Fox Footy last night.

Indeed, Scott and his charges are relishing the road trip, as a test of where the Cats are placed this season. Geelong are firmly in premiership calculations, but their credentials have not been seriously tested in recent weeks, with wins against bottom eight sides Brisbane, Essendon, the Gold Coast and a then-struggling Port Adelaide and a home ground win against the travel-averse West Coast Eagles.

“We play a very good team this week [Adelaide], which will tell us a little bit more,” Scott conceded, but took exception to the idea his side had enjoyed a soft draw.

“I don’t necessarily subscribe to that theory, but I think we’re going to play some pretty good teams in the second half of the season.

Scott said he is finding out more and more about his new-look team every week and, given the Cats are second on the AFL ladder with six wins from the opening seven rounds, needless to say most of it has been pleasing.

But he feels it’s too early in the year to start talking premiership favouritism, or even get a read on just how good his side’s start to the season has been.

“One of the big problems of making judgments after seven weeks is you haven’t played enough teams,” Scott said.

“We don’t even know who the best teams in the comp are right at the moment, much less know whether we’ve played them yet.

“It’s far too premature for us to get a clear picture of exactly where we sit. We’ve just got to keep getting the job done.”

Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs agreed Dangerfield will get sledged but says his former Adelaide teammates will try to treat him as just another opponent.

“I’m sure there will [be fireworks] but it will probably be no different than every week,” Jacobs said.

“Obviously it’s common, players change clubs all the time. He’s just another bloke who has done that.”

Jacobs dodged any Dangerfield hype, saying he wouldn’t be fussed by whatever reception the Cat recruit gets from the Adelaide Oval crowd.

“I guess personally mate, I’m just looking forward to playing,” he said.

“You guys will obviously pump it up and all that sort of stuff. It will get enough air time as it is.

“I’m sure some guys will embrace it but some of us will just go about it and look forward to putting a disappointing performance against the Bulldogs behind us.”

Adelaide’s hierarchy has approached the AFL for clarification on several controversial umpiring decisions in a 15-point loss to the Dogs.

Jacobs said while players had yet to find out any answers, they have already turned attention towards hosting Geelong.

“The way the season is panning out, every week is going to be big,” he said.

“There’s some real quality teams around now. You can see any team beating any other side … the gap is really closing.”

-with AAP

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