12/04/2024

Jordan Dawson is settling into life at Adelaide. (Photo: Adelaide FC)

Prized Adelaide recruit Jordan Dawson is already seeing similar signs to what has made his former side so strong, according to his teammates.

One of the highest profile moves of a relatively quiet trade season, Jordan Dawson’s move from the up and coming Sydney Swans could have been one that came with a significant shift in expectations.

After a few seasons out of contention, the Swans rocketed back up into the finals picture in 2021. It’s a club that’s been largely stable in that time period, continuing to be led by coach John Longmire for a 12th season.

The Crows meanwhile are right in the midst of their rebuild phase. Coach Matthew Nicks has overseen an influx of young talent, including the big landing of Dawson.

When fronting the media on Monday, defender Luke Brown had nothing but the highest of praise for the silky wingman’s approach to his new club environment.

“He’s come down with great leadership from Sydney, obviously they have good culture up there,” he said of his new teammate.

“He’s fitted in really well, the group of guys are around the same age so he’s been able to take a step into leadership.

“What he’s been saying he’s been really happy with how we’ve been going as a group compared to what their group is like up there.

“He said our culture is just as good, the way we train, the standard, so for us, it’s good to hear that.”

Adelaide Crows defender Luke Brown. (Picture: Adelaide FC)

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Brown says that with a mix of talented youth including Will Hamill, Lachlan Sholl, Nick Murray, James Borlase and Jordon Butts, selection will be a headache for the club going forward.

He also conceded that Dawson will probably not feature in his backline group, with his talents best utilised elsewhere.

“He could play down back but with his foot skills, and his ability, and his talent we would like to be getting the ball as much as possible from him down forward,” Brown said.

These younger talents will be joined by the likes of Brown himself, Brodie Smith, Tom Doedee, and stalwarts Rory Laird and Rory Sloane, ensuring that the enthusiasm of the youth will be met with the leadership and calm heads of the older players.

Adelaide Crows defender Tom Doedee. (Picture: afc.com.au)

Another key for the 2022 for Adelaide is the mentality of the coaching staff. Brown has said that new strength and conditioning coach Darren Burgess has been great for the club, saying “he brings the Phil Walsh vibe, the training intensity, the high speed work and work ethic”.

Nicks’ influence on preseason has been one that is benefitting the mindset of both the older and younger players.

“He says don’t ever waste a session out there, keep going with what we have done and to make sure you don’t put yourself on the back foot if you don’t do the work,” Brown explained.

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