Taylor Walker ahead of Adelaide's game against Melbourne in R19, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

ENJOYING some of the best form of his career, former Adelaide captain Taylor Walker has confirmed he will play again next season.

The 33-year-old key forward has signed another one-year deal with the Crows, taking him into a 16th AFL season and his 17th at the club.

Walker has been a key factor in Adelaide's resurgence this year and is second on the Coleman Medal behind Carlton's Charlie Curnow with 54 goals from 17 games.


"I have loved the journey so far and this year getting back to playing some really exciting footy as a team," Walker said in a club statement.

"On a personal level I'm pleased to be able to contribute to the team and I take a lot of pride and satisfaction in helping our younger players who are starting out their own careers.

"You can see from the footy we've played this year that we're heading in the right direction."

Walker has played 255 games and kicked a club-record 590 goals for the Crows.

After the Crows drafted him in 2007, Walker played a season for SANFL side Norwood in 2008 before he made his AFL debut in 2009.


He is a six-time club leading goalkicker and captained Adelaide from 2015-19, including their 2017 grand final loss to Richmond - the last time they made the finals.

Walker also signed a one-year deal this time last year, after a racism suspension had put his AFL career in doubt.

He missed the first three games of last season as he served a six-game AFL ban for making a racist remark at a state league match in August, 2021.

But Walker kicked 47 goals last season and his strong form has continued as the Crows have pushed for the top eight.

"The impact Taylor continues to have on our group is significant, not just with the football he is playing which is evident, but the leadership and direction he provides on and off the field," Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

"That he remains one of the best forwards in the competition at his age is a credit to his attitude and work ethic and standards he sets at training and on game day."