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Pyke focused on team future

  • Pyke focused on team future

Adelaide coach Don Pyke says the club will focus on more building a system within the club, rather than looking to replace star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield, who joined Geelong in the off-season. 

Dangerfield had one his best seasons to date in 2015 where he ranked highly in all critical statistics across the board.

Pyke is adamant that his game-plan won't be focused solely around one player, instead building something special that involves everyone at the Adelaide Football Club.

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"I don't see the game as star based as the reality is the best players have bad days or get injured. We will not build a system that will rely on one player," Pyke told News Corp Australia.

"We lose Patrick as a very good player in the industry but we also have Matt Crouch who got exposed last year, Brad Crouch who comes back from injury.

"There's Richie Douglas, Scott Thompson, Sloaney, David Mackay, [Mitch] Grigg who has had a really good pre-season, Harrison Wigg who has made some strides."

Pyke will enter his first season as senior coach of the Crows after being appointed late last year, taking over from Phil Walsh who was tragically killed mid last season.

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