In another signing coup for Adelaide, one of the best defenders in the competition and a rising winger have pledged their commitment to the Club by signing contract extensions.
Three-time Premiership defender Sarah Allan and two-time Premiership winger Eloise Jones will remain at West Lakes until at least Season Eight after putting pen to paper on new deals.
The pair join Premiership teammates and stars of the AFLW competition Ebony Marinoff and Anne Hatchard in deflecting lucrative offers from rival Clubs to stay at the Crows.
Allan has been a pillar in defence for the Crows and played her 50th AFLW game in the Preliminary Final against Fremantle this past season.
She was named in the All-Australian team for a third time after a successful Season Six campaign which included notching her 50th game and featuring in the Grand Final win against Melbourne.
Allan, who was recruited by the Crows at the 2016 AFLW Draft, enjoyed a break-out season in 2018 becoming the rock of Adelaide’s backline, finishing runner up in the Club Champion and earning the Best Defensive Player Award.
The 24-year-old, who was also named the Club’s Best Defensive player in 2021 and 2022, said Adelaide was the perfect place to continue her career and be part of growing success.
“We really pride ourselves on having a great culture at the Club and it’s an honour to be a part of that,” Allan said.
“I have really enjoyed the past six seasons here and am grateful for the coaches and staff for helping with my development.
“We have a real dedicated group of players who are eager for more success and there’s no limit on what we can achieve.”
Jones, who is also part of Adelaide’s leadership group has become one of the competition’s best wingers - recognised by her selection in the AFLW All-Australian Squad and in the AFLW Players’ Association’s final AFLW 22Under22 team.
She only missed one minor round match this past season and featured in the Grand Final win against Melbourne.
The winger said she was keen to continue her career at Adelaide and looked forward to the future.
“I’ve been involved in two Premierships here and I believe that what we’ve created so far is just the beginning,” Jones said.
“I’m confident that continuing with the Crows for at least another two years will help me develop further as not only a footballer but also a person.”
Crows Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper was pleased to have Allan and Jones extend their contracts.
“It’s great Eloise and Sarah share a belief in our team and want to commit to the Club,” Harper said.
“The pair are very important pillars of our team and we are thrilled to have retained our core group of players.”