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Daniel Talia makes call to sit out 2022 season


Veteran Adelaide defender Daniel Talia will not play in 2022, according to his manager Liam Pickering.

The 30-year-old missed the entire 2021 season dealing with a troublesome foot injury, after a 200-game career with the Crows as one of the more reliable key defenders in the competition.

Adelaide made the decision not to re-sign him at the end of the season, but a combination of not wanting to relocate his family and his worrisome foot has led to the decision.

“Daniel, he won’t be playing next year. One: his family, they want to stay in Adelaide, he’s got two young kids under two, his wife’s an Adelaide girl,” Pickering told SEN Mornings.

“He did have a chat with Richmond and I think the Tigers felt the same thing. They felt it was going to be hard to get him over anyway.

“They also had concerns about his foot which they’ve got every right to have when we spoke to them straight after the season.

“They went with Robbie Tarrant, which is fine.

“He’s having trouble with a tendon in his foot. It’s still not much good. He’s going to have to go back and have some surgery. Talia won’t be playing next year.

“The foot has kept him out for a year and he’s been rehabbing it and trying to get it right, but it’s just not coming good … he’s had another setback with it.

“He’ll have to speak to his surgeon and see where it’s at. It’s just not getting any better.”

Given he was delisted by the Crows, Talia would have had the opportunity to sign with a club as a delisted free agent if he wished.

The two-time All-Australian has only just turned 30 and may be one to watch in the mid-season AFL draft or at the end of the 2022 season.

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