AFL legend Malcolm Blight would love to build a premiership bridge with Adelaide coach Don Pyke.
It is two decades – more than two generations in the AFL life cycle – since Blight coached the Crows to their only two premierships in 1997-98.
And Blight says it’s high time someone joined him.
Blight compares it to playing in North Melbourne’s first premiership teams – 1975 and ’77 – and then two decades later watching Denis Pagan and Wayne Carey leading the Kangaroos to another double dose of glory.
“Football history to me is important … it’s terrific when you see them around the traps, you build bridges and every club should require that,” he told AAP.
Blight noted that when he first came to Melbourne, it quickly became clear how Carlton’s generations of premiership players kept tight.
“They had this fantastic ‘bridge’ network, where you’d just run across them and they’d all be involved in successful times,” he said.
“The more the merrier, I think.
“It would be great to build that bridge with this group of players, the staff and all that.”
Blight said Neil Craig was stiff that he did not coach the Crows to at least one flat in the middle of last decade.
“I’d like to sit down, look at every finals game, and show you where some luck came into it,” he said.
“We always say you make your own luck and that’s true – I reckon in 95 per cent you do – but there are some strange things that happen in our game.
“And it’s not always the bounce of the ball.
“Neil was a bit stiff with that.
“Some days are diamonds.”
Blight will be at the MCG next Saturday and is looking forward to a rivetting game.
And he predicts a third Adelaide premiership, just.
“I don’t know, I just have this feeling that the Crows might bat down a bit further,” he said.
“Richmond are certainly up and about and they have those great midfielders.
“The stars have to star, the rest have to pick up the slack.
“It’s a pretty exciting game and so it should be.”