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I never wanted to leave Crows: Walker

Steve Larkin 29/08/2011 01:56:31 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide forward Taylor Walker says he never considered leaving the Crows and doesn't know why he was linked with new AFL entity Greater Western Sydney.

Walker signed a new deal with the Crows last week after enduring a season of speculation that he wanted out of the club.

"You guys (media) were the ones that were talking it up," Walker said of the speculation.

"I was clear in my mind what I wanted to do.

"I was always in talks with the club and so very relieved to have done a deal."

Walker said his manager had not told him of any other offers and wanted to stay with the Crows because "I love the club".

"We probably haven't had the best year as a club this year but I think in the next couple of years we are going to be pretty exciting," he said.

The 21-year-old said the speculation of a move didn't annoy him, nor did being frequently overlooked by ex-Crows coach Neil Craig.

"He was pretty honest with what he wanted from me and he made it very clear what he wanted me to do," Walker said of Craig.

Walker was instantly recalled to the Crows side when Mark Bickley was appointed caretaker coach following Craig's resignation six weeks ago.

He managed just one goal in Adelaide's loss to Richmond, but kicked 15 goals in the four previous games.

"Being back in the team is a start," he said.

"So to get back in and string a couple of games together, which has probably been my weakness over the past few years - apart from yesterday, I was pretty ordinary."

The Broken Hill-born forward believed too much was made of his storm in a beer cup earlier this year.

Walker was filmed drinking a beer the day before an AFL match in May, when he was an emergency for the Crows.

"I have put that in the past," he said.

"You live and learn don't you, it was a mistake that I made and I learnt from that."

Walker also said he respected the decision of former teammate Phil Davis, who left the Crows to join Greater Western Sydney.

"It's probably not the best for what we want, but going forward we have got players who I reckon can fill his shoes and play the role that he could," he said.

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