Adelaide will this week consider whether to usher Taylor Walker straight back into its senior side for its round seven game against Melbourne, or stick with an original plan to stretch the forward's return from knee surgery over two reserves games.
While coach Brenton Sanderson indicated his instinct was to adhere to Plan A, he said Walker had looked particularly sharp kicking three goals for the Crows' state league side against Glenelg on Friday night.
Adelaide may also have to wait and see whether Patrick Dangerfield is available to play against Melbourne on Saturday, after he reported sore ribs following a heavy bump from Daniel Giansiracusa during the club's nine-point win over the Western Bulldogs.
Giansiracusa bumped Dangerfield off the ball just before the three-quarter-time siren, catching him off-guard but not high. Dangerfield was able to play out the game unlike defender Sam Shaw, who was subbed out with a corked leg.
Walker has not played since he badly injured his knee early in 2013, but Sanderson said he was ready to play senior football after completing an almost trouble-free rehabilitation program.
''The plan was to give him two runs in the SANFL but he looked really sharp on Friday night. That will be a good debate for the coaching group this week, stick to the plan or bring him back in?'' said Sanderson.
The Crows were well served by their marking forwards during the Bulldogs win, with James Podsiadly and Josh Jenkins kicking three goals each and the smaller Tom Lynch adding two.
''He pulled up well from the game. He's had a fantastic 12 months in preparing himself for now, and those who saw him play live in Friday night know he's ready to play.
''I guess the decision to be made now between the coaches, Tex and the medical staff is whether we give him one more in the state league or bring him back, and the great discussion on talkback radio will be who drops out.
''He just looked so good. He looked ready to play. My gut feel is to give him another game in the state league just for his own confidence and to prepare him so that when he does play he's in match form as well as being physically ready to play.''
The Bulldogs lost after kicking the first four goals of the game, and six in a last-quarter burst that saw them briefly take the lead.
Coach Brendon McCartney said that while he hoped to bring Dale Morris back from an ankle injury against Essendon next week, his side relied on an even effort from everyone and had lost control for too long during the second and third quarters.
''We had some inconsistencies but so did they. We lost control of the game for about a 45-minute period and we lost control badly, in two different ways,'' he said.
''Our supporters might be filthy with today but we were despicable last week in a lot of ways and we all thought that. We were a lot better in a lot of areas today and statistically it looked more like us.
''But we had those two patches where we lost control of the game in ways that are fixable and avoidable, and we've got to get back to that next week.''
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