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Season review: Rory Sloane

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Rory Sloane of the Crows breaks away during the 2018 AFL round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval on August 04, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Rory Sloane of the Crows breaks away during the 2018 AFL round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval on August 04, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Rory Sloane played just 12 games in 2018 after missing a large chunk of the season with a foot injury.

The vice-captain provided a strong leadership presence in the games he played, averaging 21.9 disposals, 6.1 clearances and 6.3 tackles.

Despite his time on the sidelines, he collected the fifth most clearances at Adelaide with 72 and the fourth most tackles with 75.

The two-time Club Champion delighted the Crows faithful when he signed a five-year extension late in the season to become a Crow for life.

In his first game after inking his new deal, the 28-year-old led the way in Adelaide’s 15-point win over Geelong.

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He had 27 disposals (17 of them contested), eight clearances, nine inside 50s, seven tackles and a goal that saw the crowd erupt.

Post-match, coach Don Pyke said Sloane’s re-signing had given his players a boost ahead of the game.

“It definitely had an impact, the boys love playing with Rory and finding out that he’s going to be here for a long period was fantastic news for the footy club,” he said.

At a glance:

Games: 12
Goals: 5
Disposals per game: 21.9
Clearances per game: 6.1
Tackles per game: 6.3

Best game:

Round 22 v North Melbourne

Sloane was a warrior in the nine-point win over North Melbourne, collecting 29 disposals (20 contested) to go with 11 clearances and six tackles.