Delisted Adelaide defender Daniel Talia has suffered a devastating blow in his bid to prolong his AFL career, suffering an injury setback that’s forfeited any chance of playing in 2022.
The 30-year-old was delisted by Adelaide at the end of the 2021 season, bringing to end a 200-game stint with the Crows in which he won two All-Australian blazers and a club best and fairest.
Richmond considered recruiting Talia but instead signed defender Robbie Tarrant from North Melbourne.
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Talia’s manager, Liam Pickering, has revealed he won’t be fit to play in 2022 after suffering a setback in his fight against a foot injury.
« 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 radio.
« 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. »
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Talia didn’t play a single AFL match in 2021 as he battled his foot injury.
« It’s still not much good, » Pickering said.
« He’s going to have to go back and have some surgery.
« Talia won’t be playing next year.
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« 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. »
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