Taylor “Tex” Walker
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.