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Crows trio extend contracts

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Lachlan Murphy of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 17 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on July 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Lachlan Murphy of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 17 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on July 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

Ben Davis, Lachlan Murphy and Patrick Wilson will all continue their careers at Adelaide after signing contract extensions.

Davis played all 18 SANFL games in 2018 after completing his first full pre-season at the Club.

The 21-year-old was the State League side’s leading goalkicker with 22 goals for the year, including hauls of three goals on four separate occasions, and provided several individual highlights across the season. He finished fourth in the State League Club Champion award. 

Murphy, 19, was a surprise packet this season, having been drafted from the Crows’ SANFL development squad as a rookie.

After an impressive JLT Community Series, Murphy was handed a Round One AFL debut. He went on to play 11 senior games in his debut season, kicking 12 goals, and his relentless pressure inside forward 50 became his trademark.

Wilson, 23, was recruited from Sturt as a mature-aged rookie and enjoyed a consistent season at SANFL level to take out Adelaide’s State League Club Champion award in 2018.

He played 17 SANFL games, averaging 27.9 disposals per game. Wilson ranked seventh in the State League for total disposals (474), sixth for contested possessions (226), seventh for clearances (111), sixth for inside 50s (81) and 10th for rebound 50s (58).

The midfielder played one AFL game in 2018, making his senior debut in the Round 13 loss to Hawthorn.

 

Both Murphy and Wilson will be retained on the Club’s Rookie List.

Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said all three players were looking to build on their strong 2018 seasons.

“Lachlan Murphy is a fantastic story and we’re really happy with what he’s been able to do in his first year of senior football,” Reid said. 

“Ben and Patrick both impressed in the SANFL this year and we look forward to seeing all three players develop further with another pre-season under their belts. 

“We’re delighted Lachlan, Ben and Patrick have re-committed to the Club for 2019.”