No updates for a while over christmas and new years break. Hope you all have had a great 2009 and make sure 2010 is much better. Missing footy season already,counting down the days till NAB starts:) great to see all the new goodlookin boys come our way to our footy club.:)not too long till fotty season starts again in 2010.Hope next years a successfull year for our boys if its a send of to the oldeys of the team bring home that premiership :)(L) hope you all have gotten member ships or are getting them in the new year to support the team, have a merry and safe christmas and a wonderfull new year see you all in 2010 GO THE CROWS
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Crows midfielder Brad Symes will have a knee clean-out today.
Symes has battled knee soreness in recent weeks and the arthroscopy will keep him off the main training track until late January.
“He has just got a little bit of material in the knee which needs cleaning out,” said caretaker football operations manager John Reid.
Senior coach Neil Craig told supporters at Tuesday night’s members information night that Ben Rutten (knee) and Nathan Bock (heel) would start running before Christmas. Nathan van Berlo (back) will be held back until after the break.
Crows ruckman Brad Moran has had minor knee surgery. Moran had an arthroscopy to clean out his knee and repair the cartilage and will not return to full training until mid-January. He played seven AFL games in 2009 before a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament ended his season at round 13.
ADELAIDE coach Neil Craig says the race to replace injured defender Andy Otten is wide open, with no one player confirmed as a definite starter for round one.
Otten, 20, had a full knee reconstruction on Friday morning after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a non-contact drill at training on Thursday.
The NAB Rising Star runner-up was trying to sidestep an opponent on Max Basheer Reserve when his knee gave way beneath him.
He heard a crunching sound as he collapsed to the ground and scans that afternoon confirmed he would miss the entire 2010 season.
Craig said Otten had been earmarked for a greater role in the midfield next year.
“It’s really disappointing for Andy. He had an outstanding year, played every game and his form in pre-season had been fantastic,” Craig told afl.com.au. “He’d done a lot of his training in the midfield and was showing some really good signs that he could add to our midfield for 2010, but that’s not going to happen now.
“Andy’s a really strong-minded person, so we need to make sure we use the next 12 months to make him a better player in terms of conditioning, strength, leadership and game knowledge.
“He won’t have another 20-plus games under his belt, but we need to make sure all the other parts of his game progress.”
Otten will join upgraded rookie Brodie Martin, who is five months into his rehabilitation from the same injury, on the sidelines.
The injury to Otten has opened the door for one of No.10 draft pick Phil Davis, utility Will Young or dashing half-back Tony Armstrong to cement a spot in the Crows’ defence.
Craig didn’t even rule out replacing Otten with a draftee, like key-position player Daniel Talia, should a newcomer demand selection over the summer months.
“The sun comes up and the game keeps going on, that’s the reality of it. When Andy went down yesterday you could feel the emotion out there as a group because they all had a fair idea of the severity of it,” he said.
“But we push on because every club has injuries and it will be an opportunity for someone else. I don’t know who those guys are at the moment, but they’ll emerge and that will be based on their performance at training and in the NAB Cup.
“I don’t want to put limitations on any of our players, so if a Rory Sloane, any of our rookies or any of our four, new draftees can push into the side we’ll play them.”
ADELAIDE coach Neil Craig has backed veteran Simon Goodwin to stay on as captain next season, saying the five-time All-Australian is on the verge of becoming the “most outstanding” leader in the club’s history.
Goodwin, who turns 33 next month, has led the Crows to two finals series since taking over from Brownlow Medallist and best mate Mark Ricciuto at the end of 2007.
He recently signed on for a 14th season at West Lakes, but gave no indication as to whether or not he would retain the mantle of skipper next year.
Craig said the decision – to be made before Christmas – would be left up to the players.
“I would be supportive of whatever the playing group wants, but what I will say is that Simon has done an outstanding job,” Craig said on Friday.
“His playing credentials are there for everyone to see and you see his on-field leadership, but what a lot of supporters won’t see is his leadership off the field and on a day-to-day basis. He’s developing into, possibly, the most outstanding captain this club has ever had.
“Is that an endorsement from me? Yes, it is but in the end I’m more concerned about what the playing group expect from their leaders.”
Craig said the players voted in the 2009 leadership group, including Goodwin, Nathan van Berlo, Ben Rutten, Tyson Edwards, Brett Burton, Michael Doughty and Scott Stevens, were no guarantee to be included in the group again next season
ADELAIDE forward Kurt Tippett has revealed he knocked back an offer from the new Gold Coast franchise to continue his promising AFL career with the Crows.
Tippett, 22, was due to come out of contract at the end of next year but recently agreed to the terms of a new deal, which will see him remain at West Lakes until at least the end of 2012.
The Queenslander joined his teammates for the start of pre-season training on Thursday and said it was a relief to have his contract negotiations out of the way.
“It was great to sign up with the club for three years and I’m very excited that I know where my future is going to be,” Tippett said.
“There was a little bit of heat [on me to stay]. It was great to hear everyone’s support because they all wanted me to stay in Adelaide and so did I. My manager was keen for me to weigh up all the options, although my sole focus was always staying in Adelaide.
“I was kept out if it [the negotiations] but I think my manager had two offers in his head and he came to ask me [what I wanted to do]. He asked me my preference, I told him and he did the business.”
Tippett, who finished second in Adelaide’s goalkicking this year, will now turn his attention to improving his aerobic fitness over the pre-season.
In three years at the club, he is yet to complete a full pre-season, fracturing a vertebra in his neck shortly after arriving in Adelaide at the end of 2006 and battling knee tendonitis last summer.
Tippett said his first goal for pre-season was to set a personal best time in the club’s three-kilometre time trial on Saturday.
“I want to get better aerobically, so I can play in the ruck and also up forward better,” he said.
“I also want to work on my marking and goalkicking skills. I think I can kick a few more goals, so that’s something I’ll be looking to do.”
The Crows sweltered in Thursday’s two-hour training session, with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees.
Tippett said the players had started preparing for the extreme heat early in the week.
“It was pretty warm out there, but it was a good start to pre-season and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one [summer] so we’ll have to get used to that,” he said.
“The doctor had a chat to us, telling us to make sure we stayed hydrated and wore a hat and sunscreen.”
The Crows removed five names from their senior list last month, but just one player -unlucky tagger Rob Shirley – will be missing from the semi-final side that lost to Collingwood when the players officially return to training on November 19.
A number of promising youngsters, including NAB Rising Star nominees Andy Otten and Patrick Dangerfield, and also third-year players Kurt Tippett and David Mackay, established themselves as mainstays in the side this year.
The club also blooded five debutants and with players like Phil Davis and Tony Armstrong knocking on the door, Vince said it would be tight for spots in 2010.
“A lot of the young fellas are going to be hungry to get a spot and we’re such an even playing group that it’s going to be pretty tight,” Vince said on Friday.
“We’ve got really high expectations again. We’ve got the same sort of playing group [as this year] and hopefully the younger guys can take that next step again.
“There’s definitely an extra buzz of excitement about next year.”
The Crows players were summoned to West Lakes on Friday for a gruelling morning of fitness testing.
Only injured players and those still holidaying overseas were exempt.
Predictably, Brett Burton and Nathan van Berlo led out the group of 20-plus players, but Vince said it was important everyone was up to speed with their training.
“You have to work hard over the break otherwise you just drop off. We’ve been training in small groups and working pretty hard following our training programs,” Vince said.
“Today will be a pretty solid session. We’ll have a bit of a run and a few blokes will test themselves out to see where they’re at and see if they need to do a bit of extra work before we officially start training.”
Friday also marked the unveiling of Adelaide’s new, predominantly white, away guernsey.
The jumper features the club’s new logo and, like the logo itself, is bound to stimulate debate among Crows’ fans.
Vince said the players were rapt with the new “angrier” design.
“Speaking to a few of the guys before, we think it looks good. It’s a bit more modern than our last logo and we think it’s going to fit us well.”