The Adelaide Crows are where they belong, captain Taylor Walker says.
“The Adelaide Football Club belong in finals,” Walker said ahead of Saturday night’s elimination final against North Melbourne.
“We have earnt our right to be here. We have won 16 games through the year.
“You just don’t fall into finals.”
Adelaide’s last-round defeat to West Coast prompted doubt in many pundits about the Crows’ premiership credentials – but not Walker.
“I have got full belief and confidence that our footy will stand up in finals,” he said.
“And I can guarantee you that I will be running out on Saturday night with 21 very, very hungry players.
“It’s very important for us to stamp our style on finals footy. I’m confident that we can do that.
“A lot of hard work has gone into it and this is what you play footy for, to play finals.”
But Walker was uncertain whether this year’s Crows were a better side than last year’s edition which won an elimination final before losing a semi-final to eventual premier Hawthorn.
“It’s hard to say better side,” he said.
“We have developed. We have grown as a group, we have matured. But we will find out in the next three or four weeks.”