Broken Hill – New South Wales
North Broken Hill / NSW-ACT Rams U18 / Adelaide
The Adelaide Crows drafted Taylor Walker in 2007 via the AFL’s NSW Scholarship Program. After a year with Norwood in the SANFL in 2008, Walker gained attention with his dominant work in the forward line and earned himself a senior debut in 2009. For a 195cm key forward, Walker displays great athleticism and strength for his size.
Walker’s 2009 senior debut for the Adelaide Crows consisted of a remarkable five goals and consequently, a NAB Rising Star nomination. After his impressive start in the AFL, Taylor continued to develop his game at great speeds, as he soon became Adelaide’s leading goal kicker in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, 2012 saw Taylor earn himself an All-Australian nomination. However in 2013, Walker’s season came to a cruel and abrupt end when he seriously injured his knee in round 5. This ruled Walker out of the remainder of the 2013 season.
Walker returned to the AFL in round 9 of the 2014 season. He played the remainder of the year, in what was an impressive return. In the 14 consecutive games that he played, Walker kicked 34 goals whilst averaging a career-high of 14.7 disposals. In conclusion of his comeback season, Walker was elected as the captain of the Adelaide Crows ahead of the 2015 season.
In cruel and uncompromising circumstances, Walker emerged as the key leader and mentor of Adelaide during the 2015 season. As a captain, Walker led his team from the front as he had another stellar season. Kicking 59 goals for the season and finishing 5th in the Club Champion Award, Taylor performed at an elite level in what was an emotional and demanding season.
Walker’s outstanding leadership has been recognised across the league as he has been awarded consecutive AFLPA’s Best Captain in 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, Walker’s 2017 was another display of his elite ability as he kicked 54 goals and earned himself another All-Australian nomination. As a 27 year old who has played 153 club games, Walker has already achieved and displayed unbelievable qualities as an athlete and leader; achievements that only few ever reach. Walker will now look towards the 2018 season in hope of rectifying Adelaide’s 2017 premiership disappointment.