Adelaide’s 32-year-old AFL recruit James Podsiadly is too old to believe in fairytales.
But just in case, coach Brenton Sanderson has reminded Podsiadly they rarely come true as he prepares for a Crows debut against his former club Geelong on Thursday night.
“The fairytale story would be that he would go over there and kick a bag of goals for us and we would win,” Sanderson told reporters on Wednesday.
“It will be an emotional game for James, I’m sure. He won a premiership there and he played there for four or five seasons.
“From our point of view, internally we’re just hoping he competes at every contest. If he can jag a couple of goals to go along with that, it would be fantastic.”
Apart from dealing with last week’s death of his strategy coach Dean Bailey, Sanderson has picked Podsiadly’s brain for inside knowledge of the Cats.
And Podsiadly, cut by Geelong at the end of last season, has delivered some valuable insights.
“We have certainly leaned on Podsy a fair bit in the last couple of weeks just to make sure that there is nothing we haven’t missed,” he said.
“There’s probably a little bit of pressure on him too, playing against his former club in round one, but he has been really good. There’s probably a few things that we weren’t entirely across.
“We certainly feel like we have got enough information. It’s whether we can execute it.”
The Crows, with six front-liners out injured, travel to Geelong as rank outsiders to open their season with a win.
But Sanderson believed the Cats, who will celebrate Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel’s 250th game, were beatable.
“I don’t think there’s any good time to play Geelong when it’s at Geelong … it’s the toughest road trip in the AFL,” he said.
“It will be a tough assignment for us. But we’re certainly going over there to win and play well.
“We’re fit and we’re strong and there seems to be really good resilience amongst the boys at the moment, even though we have had a couple of injuries recently.
“I’m still really happy with the guys we have put into the side.”