Tigers let Martin decide where he plays

Dustin Martin has a wandering commission in the AFL grand final
Dustin Martin has a wandering commission in the AFL grand final JULIAN SMITH

DUSTIN Martin has the backing of his coach Damien Hardwick to play on instinct in Saturday's AFL grand final.

The recently minted Brownlow Medallist has split his duties between the midfield and attack this season, with more time spent forward against Greater Western Sydney last week for a return of three goals and another two assists.

And Hardwick said that while he could assign him a job against the Crows, he trusts the 26-year-old to deliver no matter where he plays.

"I'd like to tell Dusty where he plays but he just plays wherever the hell he wants, to be perfectly honest," Hardwick said.

"He's a great player to have as one of those pieces that you can move consistently to get a spike in performance.

"He'll play through the midfield and he'll also play up forward. What that split is, it depends (on) the way the game is tracking at certain stages."

Hardwick said it was a trait he expected all his leaders to have.

"If they think they can make a difference at any stage of the game by going to a certain position on the ground, that's what they do," he said.

"That's what makes them great players. That's why I'm very happy as a coach to back those guys in."

Adelaide's ability to transition the ball quickly from defence to offence has Hardwick "concerned".

He said that there were plans in place, but it was a key area that must be watched closely to ensure the Crows did not win an edge.

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