Adelaide utility Mitch Hinge says he is keen to continue his AFL career with an “exciting group” after putting pen to paper on a new deal.
The Crows announced on Wednesday that Hinge had signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Club until at least 2024.
Speaking to the media after the announcement, Hinge said he believed the Crows were heading in the right direction and success wasn’t too far away.
“It was a very, very easy decision (to re-sign),” Hinge said.
“I think the group now is just so exciting with the youngsters coming through at the moment.
“The hard work and dedication is probably one thing I’ve really noticed, coming here.
“From the whole group in particular, it’s led from the top like Tex and Sloane and then you’ve got your blokes like (Jake) Soligo and (Sam) Berry coming through who are crazy trainers, and also great people.
“That’s why I think I’m most excited… The training intensity and the will to win from the boys is going to take us well into the future.”
The 24-year-old South Australian has become a regular in Adelaide’s AFL team this season, playing 15 games across half-back and on the wing.
He has impressed with his penetrating left foot and registered a career-high 21 disposals and a goal in Sunday’s win over West Coast.
But Hinge, who signed with the Crows as a delisted free agent at the end of 2020, said he had plenty more development left in him.
“I have always had that inner belief that I was able to be up to the level (of AFL),” Hinge said.
“I’ve been working pretty hard behind the scenes and doing what I can do to get out on the park and play some good footy.
“I’ve got my own goals and my own achievements and I feel like I haven’t really raised the surface of my full potential and what I can produce.
“(Bu) I can’t really thank the Club enough - they obviously see a little bit in me and I’m really, really happy being here.”
The Crows take on North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval this Saturday in their penultimate game of 2022, with the first bounce at 1.40pm.
Hinge said it was important for the side to finish strong and build momentum into next year.
“We’ve got some pretty important matches (coming up) and we want to finish the year off really strong,” Hinge said.
“The last two weeks have been really good and we’ve performed really well and we’ll be looking to do the same this week against the Kangaroos.
“I really want to be part of success and growing up as a Crows fan and an SA boy, I know how big the Adelaide Crows can be when they’re on top.”