Crows coach, star have to make AFL calls

Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale is giving nothing away for now about his AFL future and is saying even less about what happens to Patrick Dangerfield.

Adelaide’s tumultuous season ended on Friday night with the 74-point semi-final loss to Hawthorn.

It was the Crows’ biggest losing margin in a final.

The moment Adelaide’s season ended, attention turned to Dangerfield.

Speculation has been rife all year that the star midfielder will join Geelong from next season through free agency.

If Friday was Dangerfield’s last game for Adelaide, he went out in style as their best player in the loss.

But immediately after the game, Camporeale was not going to discuss the issue.

“We’ll wait and see once the dust settles,” Camporeale said.

The same applies to Camporeale, who took over as coach after Phil Walsh died on July 3.

Camporeale must also decide whether he wants to apply for the Adelaide senior coaching job beyond this season.

“I probably haven’t any time, even myself, to grieve, with what’s happened,” he said.

“I will just take all the emotion out of it and make a good decision – what’s best for me and my family and also the footy club.”

Camporeale again said how proud he is of the players, the club and their fans for how everyone has dealt with Walsh’s death.

The Crows lost to West Coast badly in their first game after the tragedy, but rallied and finished the season strongly to make the finals.

“It’s been bloody hard for everyone who’s been involved,” he said.

“As I said to the players – after the (round 15) West Coast game, it could have gone either way.

“They decided as a group that they wanted to keep going forward.

“We started a journey and there are some great foundations in place for this footy club.”

But Camporeale warned there is much to do, noting Friday’s loss showed the gap between Adelaide and the top two or three teams.

He said how the players continued to cope with Walsh’s death would be an individual matter.

Camporeale also warned that regardless of the grieving process, the team must keep developing.

“I’m sure there will be stages over the next, I don’t know how long,” he said.

“Things will pop up.

“But as I said to the group (on Friday night), you’ve got to be disappointed with how we played tonight.

“Don’t waste any opportunites, make sure when we do return … you come to get better.”

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