Broken Hill, New South Wales
North Broken Hill / NSW-ACT Rams / Adelaide Crows
In 2007 Taylor Walker was offered a NSW Scholarship Contract to play with the Adelaide Crows, something he accepted and has never looked back on. Walker has grown from being a naturally talented footballer, to an elite athlete and one of the leagues most respected players and leaders.
Walker’s 2009 senior debut for the Adelaide Crows consisted of a remarkable five goals and consequently, an AFL Rising Star nomination. He continued to develop his game at great speeds, filling a void in Adelaide’s forward line and being their leading goal kicker in 2011 and 2012. His run of success came to a halt in early 2013 when he injured his knee, and missed the next 12 months of football.
His return in the back half of 2014 showed he hadn’t lost any of his ability, was the club’s Best Team Man, and was elected as the captain of the Adelaide Crows ahead of the 2015 season. Walker remained Captain until he stepped down at the end of the 2019 season.
Walker’s outstanding leadership has been recognised across the league as he was awarded consecutive AFLPA’s Best Captain in 2016 and 2017, leading his side to the Grand Final in 2017. In 2018 he became a Life Member of the Adelaide Football Club, has kicked over 400 goals, and in 2020 celebrated his 200th game.