ADELAIDE skipper Taylor Walker won’t play again this season, accepting a two-game suspension that caps off a frustrating 2018 campaign.
Walker was handed a two-match ban for a tackle that knocked out Greater Western Sydney star Josh Kelly in last Saturday night’s 14-point loss to the Giants at UNSW Oval in Canberra.
The defeat ended the Crows’ chances of making finals ahead of their remaining matches against North Melbourne and Carlton.
Walker has had an injury-interrupted season and said it would be a good opportunity for him to sit out the last two games, while giving others a chance in his place.
“I’m not going to challenge it – it probably sums up my season,” said Walker.
“It’s been very challenging for me individually and us as a footy team.”
“I’ll just cop it.”
“My body’s crying out for a bit of a rest at the moment, so it gives opportunity for someone else to play the last two games.”
Walker said he thought he could be in trouble when Kelly had to be helped off the ground, and didn’t take any further part in the match.
“It does happen so quick, and I remember getting emotional thinking, ‘S—, this could be a sling tackle, so I let him go,” Walker said.
“But, they’re just so protective of the head and if the consequence is that they’re knocked out or hit in the head, then you’re in trouble.”
“It’s disappointing, but that’s just the way the rules go.”