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Rookie Lyons backs Crows reserves side

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Adelaide rookie Jarryd Lyons believes his path into the AFL would have been smoother with a Crows reserves side.

Lyons made his AFL debut on Sunday in a 19-point win against Port Adelaide which lifted the Crows to fourth on the ladder.

The 19-year-old Victorian had four coaches last season after being drafted by Adelaide with pick 61 in 2010. Ex-Crows coach Neil Craig departed mid-season, replaced by Mark Bickley, while his SANFL club Glenelg sacked their coach mid-season and installed former Adelaide defender Kris Massie.

Massie last week dropped Port Adelaide’s AFL utility Steven Salopek to Glenelg’s reserves side, a demotion which shocked Power coach Matthew Primus.

"I get along pretty well with Mass so it’s not too big of a problem but I can see where everyone is coming from with what happened to Salopek," Lyons said on Monday.

"There has been a big call for it (a Crows reserves side) and I would support it if it happens."

Lyons said his pathway into the AFL would have been easier learning Adelaide’s game style in a Crows reserves side.‘‘You have just got to adjust,’’ he said of training with the Crows and playing with another club.‘‘I had four different coaches in my first year.

‘‘I suppose that is not going to happen very often but you just have to adjust.‘‘You have got to juggle both things at the same time, but if you can manage to do that you obviously deserve to play AFL.’’

Lyons gathered 14 disposals against Port in a tense Showdown that he said lived up to its reputation.‘‘Other than a final, I don’t think you could ask for a better game,’’ he said.

‘‘It definitely lived up to all the hype - it was very tough out there, a few words being spoken and a lot of emotion.’’AA

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