“Tanking not part of the plan” says Pyke as he prepares to select Paul Hunter


Adelaide coach Don Pyke has hit out at suggestions his team is looking to tank it’s final two games while also revealing that rookie Paul Hunter is a chance to make his debut this weekend. 

Speaking today to accredited journalists, as well as Michelangelo Rucci, Pyke dismissed the growing calls for the team to intentionally lose their final two games.

“In the end, we want to win every game. Now it just so happens that for the next fortnight we are playing a game called ‘finish as low as possible to get hot draft picks,’ but we still want to win.”

The third year coach refuted a rumour that the club had decided internally to select first and second year players in a bid to score as few points as possible, while also conceding an incredibly high number of points.

“If you’re suggesting that I am going to pick Matthew Signorello, Ben Jarman and Big Benny Davis this week because I want to lose, then I am going to play a straight bat and not give the AFL any reason to fine our club for bringing the game into disrepute.”

“Besides, if we lose to the Kangaroos this week, that only hurts Port Adelaide’s finals chances. Why would we want to do that.”

Pyke was later seen cackling maniacally while speaking with Crows recruiting manager Hamish Ogilve.

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