Patrick Dangerfield will get sledged but Adelaide will try to treat him as just another AFL opponent, Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs says.
Dangerfield, Adelaide’s reigning club champion, will play against the Crows for the first time when his new club Geelong visit on Friday night.
Adelaide’s Jacobs says the brilliant midfielder will be sledged by his former teammates.
“I’m sure there will,” he told reporters on Monday.
“But it will probably be no different than every week.
“Obviously it’s common, players change clubs all the time. He’s just another bloke who has done that.”
Jacobs dodged any Dangerfield hype, saying he wouldn’t be fussed by whatever reception the Cat recruit gets from the Adelaide Oval crowd.
“I guess personally mate I’m just looking forward to playing,” he said.
“You guys will obviously pump it up and all that sort of stuff. It will get enough air time as it is.
“I’m sure some guys will embrace it but some of us will just go about it and look forward to putting a disappointing performance against the Bulldogs behind us.”
Adelaide hierarchy have approached the AFL for clarification on several controversial umpiring decisions in a 15-point loss to the Dogs.
Jacobs said while players had yet to find out any answers, they have already turned attention towards hosting Geelong.
“The way the season is panning out, every week is going to be big,” he said.
“There’s some real quality teams around now. You can see any team beating any other side … the gap is really closing.”