Struck off Adelaide defenseman Daniel Talia suffered a devastating blow in his attempt to extend his AFL career, suffering an injury setback that lost all chance to play in 2022.
The 30-year-old was struck off by Adelaide at the end of the 2021 season, ending a 200-game stint with the Crows in which he won two Aussie blazers and a Best Fairer Club.
Richmond considered signing Talia but instead signed defender Robbie Tarrant from North Melbourne.
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Talia manager Liam Pickering has revealed he will not be fit to play in 2022 after suffering a setback in his fight with a foot injury.
“His family, they want to stay in Adelaide, he has two young children under two, his wife is a daughter of Adelaide,” Pickering told SEN Radio.
“He had a conversation with Richmond and I think the Tigers felt the same. They felt it would be hard to get him to forget, anyway.
“They also had concerns about his foot, which they have every right to have, when we spoke to them right after the season.”
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Talia didn’t play a single AFL game in 2021 as he battled his foot injury.
“It’s still not very good,” Pickering said.
“He’s going to have to come home and have an operation.
“Talia won’t play next year.
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“The foot kept him out for a year and he re-educated him and tried to do it right, but it’s not going well. He had another setback with that.
“He will have to talk to his surgeon and see where he is.
“It’s just not improving.”
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