ADELAIDE coach Matthew Nicks is keen for Taylor Walker to address his teammates but remains unsure when it will happen amid the suspended star's racism furore.
Walker was given a six-match ban and agreed to make a $20,000 donation to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program after making a racist comment at an SANFL game.
The former captain is yet to address the matter publicly - apart from a written statement and a video in which he apologised while appearing alongside Robbie Young, the player he targeted with a racial slur.
Walker is also yet to front teammates.
There is speculation the 31-year-old, who would be in the mix for the Coleman Medal if not for his ban, has played his last game for the Crows.
Nicks, who was overcome with emotion at last week's press conference, has remained in contact with the key forward during what he described as "a really tough time for him".
"He would love to be back in amongst the group. He'd love to be sitting there alongside his teammates and talking through this," Nicks told reporters in Adelaide on Friday.
"That's really what we're working on at the moment, finding a way to support him. The same way we've supported every other person within this organisation and looked to support people from outside .... we'll continue to support them and Robbie in where to from here.
"Sooner rather than later, for Taylor to be able to sit down and talk with the group, would be a positive. I think it would help everyone ... we haven't got a date locked in because I don't think you can."
Nicks said it was a "a complex, really difficult situation".
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"It's a difficult thing to talk through and it takes time, so no there's not a time frame around that," he said.
The second-year coach also made it clear he wanted Walker to front a media conference, as captain Rory Sloane did on Thursday.
"To step up and stand here and open up. That's tough," he said.
"There are details in amongst the conciliation process ... I do know that was part of the reason why he hasn't.
"I'm sure at the right time, Taylor will step up and talk to the media .... to the country."
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has flagged changes to the League's racial vilification policy, responding to the Walker incident and a chorus of condemnation led by Indigenous great and former Crows ace Eddie Betts.
Nicks remained hopeful the episode would prove a catalyst for change and education, especially at his club.
"We've had some great conversation around where to from here, how we can make a difference," he said.
"We've got a better understanding of how everyone's been affected in what has been a really tough week.
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"Even listening to a number of our non-Indigenous players speak about how the week's affected them as well, it's been a really powerful week for our group."
The Crows face Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.