Rory Sloane

Rory Sloane

ADELAIDE midfielder Rory Sloane believes a tough conversation about his leadership shortcomings with his late coach Phil Walsh helped him become a more influential teammate.

Sloane was overlooked for the captaincy in the lead-up to the 2015 season, with Walsh choosing Taylor Walker to replace Nathan van Berlo. Sloane and Patrick Dangerfield had shared the captaincy duties in 2014 after injury forced van Berlo to miss the whole season.

I still remember the chat I had with Phil when he told me ‘Tex’ was going to be captain. My first thought was how pumped I was for ‘Tex’. My second reaction was, ‘Right, what do I need to improve on (and) why wasn’t it me?’,” Sloane said in the fourth instalment of The Chase video series.