Adelaide assistant coach Mick Godden has given a brutally honest assessment of where Jordan Gallucci is at approaching the new season.
Galluci, a first-round draft pick in 2016, was left of the Crows’ 26-man squad for Saturday’s Marsh Community Series match against Melbourne at Casey Fields.
The forward was in and out of Adelaide’s senior side last season playing 10 AFL games and 12 matches at SANFL level.
Entering his fourth year at West Lakes, Godden says the 21-year-old’s “consistency” and “mental application” isn’t at the required level to warrant selection at the present time.
“Jordan just hasn’t quite got to the point where he was up for selection this year. His pre-season has been ok without being to the level that he would like, or we would like at this point,” Godden told SEN SA Breakfast.
“He has still got to work on his consistency so what he does is bits of individual bits of brilliance … but the reality is that the game goes for longer than that, so he needs to keep working on his consistency.
“He is working hard at it, the coaches are working hard with him, but he hasn’t quite made that jump at this stage.
“He is an explosive athlete, so to be able to maintain his effort throughout a day is a difficulty for him, so he is working hard on it and a lot of players are in that same boat. It takes them a while to keep that endurance in their game … and the other side is just maintaining his mental application.
“The game continues, it never stops, whether you’re in defence or attack. Modern day football you have to be up the ground and back down the ground and at times he lapses in applying that.
“He is progressing in that area, just hasn’t quite got to that level yet.”
Taken with pick No.15 by Adelaide in the 2016 draft, Gallucci has booted 19 goals in 27 games. The 21-year-old is out of contract at season's end.
Listen to Mick Godden’s chat on SEN SA Breakfast in the player below