Tay­lor “Tex” Walker

(ADE­LAIDE)

Inside Sport - - FOOTY FINALS -

Tall, solid-mark­ing and straight-kick­ing, Big Bad Tex is the per­fect for­ward tar­get – one of those raw-boned, tal­ented coun­try blokes who played against men when he was a boy, and now he can make men look like boys.

What can we ex­pect from him?

In a crunch, Tex might do what Tom Hawkins did in the 2011 Grand Fi­nal: ar­rive, sud­denly, like some apoc­a­lyp­tic Colos­sus, with a strong mark and a sure con­ver­sion.

Any­one can turn on a ten-cent bit at this level, but Walker, a big unit, is sur­pris­ingly ag­ile, with en­hanced goal-sense. In the big games, Tex chases, gets and goals, all with a cool head and easy grace. Just the man for fi­nals. He knows how to kick the set shots at clutch mo­ments, and he’s a strong mark. His ground ac­qui­si­tion is ex­cel­lent. He’s done it be­fore, boot­ing the Crows into a pre­lim fi­nal in 2012, and finishing Fre­man­tle.

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