Adelaide forward Darcy Fogarty wanted to let his club do the talking in Perth after a disappointing week for the Crows in the headlines.
Days after former players Eddie Betts, Bryce Gibbs and Josh Jenkins spoke publicly about their turmoil following a disastrous 2018 pre-season camp, Adelaide heads west to battle a spirited Eagles in Josh Kennedy’s farewell game.
While the finals are out of reach for the Crows, Fogarty said the players wanted to put the week behind them with a 16-point win at Optus Stadium.
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“I think we had (Rory) Lairdy’s 200th today so we want to focus on that,” he said.
“We want to come out here and play for him.
“We went to (Camp Saga) and let the football do the talking.
“We only have a handful of players[at the club]- we have a really young squad so at the moment we’re just trying to focus on football and work out how to play our best footy.”
After being picked up by the Crows in the 2017 draft, Fogarty was just starting his AFL career when the popular camp took place.
Coach Matthew Nix said he was impressed with the mental strength shown by his players after such a challenging week.
“We are a very professional young team, staff and players, so we put our heads down and went to work,” he said.
“We want to come here and play football. Nothing changed during the week.
“We got here and we were ready to play.”
The Knicks said the club is still reaching out to former players from preseason camp to get the support it needs.
“We’re all about putting others first,” he said.
“We’ve made sure we have support around everyone we can.
“I try to talk to players who are no longer with us – some have retired, some have gone to other clubs. We always want to put an arm around what you need. And to connect with the unconnected.
“We’re doing a lot of work to look at the history, the history of this footy club.
“We’re going to try to bring these people back in and keep the support local.”
The support comes after Krause apologized for the pre-season camp when former coach Don Pique was in charge of the club.
“I apologize to Josh and Eddie and the Adelaide players and staff involved in the camp. I’m very sorry to see them feel this way. I understand the hurt and I’m sorry,” he said.
“I’ve been in contact with both of them, I haven’t had a chance to speak to them yet but I have spoken to the other two guys. It’s obviously a sad time for all of us.”
Both Betts and Jenkins revealed how much personal information they shared with “camp counselors” was verbally abused during meetings.
Both have spoken of the mental problems the camp has taken with AFL analysts calling for further investigations into why the program is now being allowed to run.