Young defender Max Michalanney has signed a two-year contract extension with the Crows after making a stunning start to his AFL career.

The 19-year-old became Adelaide’s first ever father-son selection at a National Draft in November when the Crows matched Sydney’s bid for him at Pick 17.

After a strong pre-season he debuted in Round One and has played every game since, winning over fans with his competitiveness as well as his decision making and composure under pressure with the footy.

The son of Jim who played 211 games and in four premierships with Norwood in the 1970s and 1980s, Michalanney will now remain a Crow until at least the end of 2026.

Adelaide GM List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Michalanney could not have been more impressive since joining the Club last year.

“We knew we were getting a talented player and a quality young man when we drafted Max and we are delighted with how quickly he has developed at AFL level,” Reid said.

“He’s tough and super competitive and shown he can play on a range of opponents, and Nicksy has given him some big jobs this year on some of the most dangerous forwards in the competition.

“He is a very important part of what we are building at Adelaide and we are thrilled he’s signed on through to 2026.”

Michalanney, who grew up barracking for the Crows, said he was excited to sign the contract extension.

“I’ve loved my time at the Club so far, obviously the team is going really well and it would be nice to push deep into finals in coming years,” he said.

“All the boys have helped me out a lot in my first season so it’s a big thanks to them, the coaching staff and strength and conditioning guys who have helped me develop.”