No AFL top-four dreaming for Crows: Pyke

Adelaide coach Don Pyke is too busy looking for potential banana peels to devote any time to dreaming of a top-four spot.

Pyke’s fifth-placed Crows are one of the form teams of the competition and could climb into the top four if they extend their current winning streak to seven against Carlton on Sunday.

But Adelaide are one of six teams with 10-4 win-loss records and Pyke knows the Crows could pay a steep price for any slip-ups.

“I don’t look at the ladder in detail but there’s a fair bit of swings and merry-go-rounds happening at the moment with sides who, based on one result, can go from second to sixth or seventh,” Pyke said.

“We take nothing for granted – we just focus on getting wins and this week is another chance (for that).

“I know there’s a lot of talk out there about (the top four) but the reality is for us is that we’ve won 10 games and we’ve got more games to win before we even consolidate a spot in the finals.

“We’re not looking very far ahead at all.”

Adelaide have benefited from a settled lineup for most of the season thanks to a skinny injury list.

And there was more good news on Wednesday with former Greater Western Sydney speedster Curtly Hampton cleared to play his first SANFL game for his new club after overcoming a serious foot injury.

“It’s great to have Curtly back and available this week … I know that he’s really excited about returning to play,” Pyke said.

“It’s been a pretty frustrating year for him through a series of little injuries followed by an operation.

“He’s really had a little mini pre-season to get himself back to play this week. With eight weeks to go in the season it’s important he gets back, gets some continuity of training and playing and we’ll see what happens for the rest of the year.

“It’s an important period for him, but also a really exciting period as he gets to start to play regular footy hopefully.”

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