Lower goal tally no concern for Eddie Betts
ADELAIDE star Eddie Betts says he's not concerned by his lower goal tally this year, given the "unselfish" attitude of the Crows' forward line.
Betts has kicked 41 goals in 16 games this season at an average of 2.6 per outing, down on last year, when he kicked 75 in 24 matches at an average of 3.1.
But the star Crow said he enjoyed creating opportunities for his fellow forwards, with Taylor Walker (41 goals), Josh Jenkins (27), Tom Lynch (23), Charlie Cameron (20) and Andy Otten (17) all averaging more than a goal a game.
"It's a hard one because I love kicking goals, don't get me wrong," Betts said on Fox Footy's AFL 360.
"But this year, if I see someone in a better spot I love to give it off and I get more enjoyment out of passing the ball off.
"It's like our forward line - we're a very unselfish forward line and we like to hand goals off.
"But I think I can still improve this year - I know I can still improve this year - I guess that's the way it's been and hopefully I can kick a few more."
Despite his goal output dropping off slightly this year, Betts continues to have an impact on the scoreboard - even if it's indirectly.
Betts is ranked ninth in the competition for score involvements, with 120 for the year, averaging 7.5 per game.
He has also averaged 2.5 inside-50s, three tackles and 1.5 tackles inside-50 per game, with the latter statistic showcasing the forward-line pressure he brings to the table.
"I always thought I'm not playing to my standards," Betts said.
"But I guess coming in, the boys, all they want me to do is put the pressure on, do all the little things, the tackling, try keeping the ball in our forward half and if we're winning, I'm happy."
Known for his ability to produce remarkable goals, particularly from tight angles, Betts said he was happy to play to the percentages, believing the goals would come if he continued to do the right things.
"Sometimes when you're in a pocket and you've got the ball and someone's in a better position, you want to go for the goal and you want to kick them but it's always you've got to play to the percentages and pass them ones off," he said.
"But I don't know really, I've just got to keep playing the way I'm playing and hopefully if I put the pressure on chasing, tackling, setting the goals up and then the goals will come after that."
Betts has kicked 230 goals in 85 games since joining Adelaide from Carlton as a free agent at the end of 2013.
While enjoying his football and improved form at the Crows, the 30-year-old said he still loved the Blues at heart.
"Obviously Carlton gave me the opportunity to play AFL footy," he said.
"Playing nine years at the Carlton Football Club, I'm a life member and I still have some close friends there. Shane O'Sullivan who I hold pretty close to me is a great friend of mine.
"Coming across here, don't get me wrong, I grew up barracking for Adelaide Crows, is probably the best footy I've played in my whole career in the last four years.
"So I'll tell you what, I'm an Adelaide Crows player but I still love the Blues, I still love the Blues."
While Betts was a fan favourite at Carlton, the small forward is in a position to taste success at his second club.
With the Crows flying high on top of the ladder, the club is primed for a tilt at a premiership that has eluded it since 1998.
Betts said while he was content with both his career and his life away from football, a flag would be the perfect way to cap off his career.
"I'm very happy. Life's great on and off the field at the moment but you know as you get older you always think about those premierships and we're in a great position to go that journey but time will tell.
"But it would be a happy ending to end up with a premiership."