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Sloane hopes Walker attends club awards


Adelaide captain Rory Sloane hopes banned forward Taylor Walker collects his leading goalkicker award at a club function this weekend.

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Walker hasn’t officially returned to the Crows since being suspended for six games by the AFL for making a racist remark about North Adelaide SANFL player Robbie Young.

The ex-skipper has served three games of his ban and Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks admits uncertainty about Walker playing on next season.

Walker booted a club-best 48 goals this season to win an award given out at Adelaide’s club champion function this Saturday night.

Sloane expects Walker to attend.

“I think so,” Sloane told reporters on Monday.

“A bit unknown still at the moment, but that would be nice.”

Walker has met with teammates and staffers in recent weeks after his offence prompted a fresh round of anti-racism sentiment in the competition..

“The last week-and-a-half, he caught up with a lot of people, a lot of teammates,” Sloane said.

“That is all part of this whole process.

“It (attending the function) all comes down to if Taylor feels comfortable and if the whole footy club, there’s a lot more to play out than just Tex.

“That whole process has been going on the last couple of weeks where he has slowly been catching up with people and having some chats.

“We will see how that pans out across the week.”

Adelaide’s season ended on Sunday night, finishing 15th after a 44-point win against wooden-spooners North Melbourne.


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