ADELAIDE skipper Taylor Walker has no problem with Geelong supporters heaping adulation on star Crow Patrick Dangerfield on Saturday, nor does he expect it to affect Dangerfield's form.
Speculation over Dangerfield's future being with the Cats reached fever pitch many months ago and hasn't subsided, but the 25-year-old has enjoyed a career-best season.
His 27 possessions and almost six tackles a game make him one of the favourites for this year's Brownlow Medal, but he's given no indication of where he intends to play next season.
As well as encouraging fans to clap when Dangerfield won possession on Saturday, the Geelong Advertiser has run a petition to highlight his local support in the lead-up to the clash.
Geelong's mayor Darryn Lyons insisted the city would do whatever it could to secure the star for next season.
Walker just wants the midfielder to keep performing into finals.
"Aren't they going to clap him every time he gets the ball? Well, hopefully they get sore hands," Walker told AFL.com.au.
"It is what it is; it's something that's been spoken about all year, but for us he's been playing great footy.
"If he can do that for us leading into finals and in finals, then we're happy.
"He's been great for us as a footy club. We ask him to do it again this week and then next week, and hopefully there might be two or three more weeks in finals."
Walker has been in tremendous touch himself of late.
He's flipped his goal-kicking yips on their head to boot 13.5 over the past three weeks after kicking 6.9 in the three previous matches.
Walker has booted five behinds in a single game on three occasions this year, and has kicked more behinds than goals in three others.
The spearhead said he and forward line coach David Teague had recently reviewed his kicking action to great success.
"I reviewed it with 'Teaguey' during the three or four weeks that I was a bit inaccurate, and pretty much the thing was that I wasn't following through," he said.
"So I've been practicing that a fair bit with ‘Teaguey’ and it's been starting to work.
"I don't think you need to complicate goalkicking too much; naturally I’m pretty confident with my technique, but sometimes you can just adjust one or two things and you're back on track."
Had North Melbourne beaten Richmond on Friday night, the Crows would have been playing on Saturday for a home final.
The Kangaroos rested nine players, though, and the Tigers romped to a 41-point victory.
Regardless of whether a home final was on the line or not, the Crows maintain they want to keep building momentum and team chemistry.
"We need to continue playing really good footy, and I think that if you're in form you don't flirt with it," Walker said.
"We're going to pick our best team every week, and hopefully we'll go down to Geelong and get another four points."