Crows forward Lachlan Murphy and Irishman Mark Keane are today celebrating a Showdown victory with two-year contract extensions.
Murphy has been rewarded for a career-best season with a new deal as he closes in on his 100th game.
The pressure forward who has played an important role inside 50 and around stoppage this season will remain at the Club until at least the end of 2025.
Murphy came into the AFL side in Round Two this year and has played every game since, impressing with his team-first mentality.
The 24-year-old has played 94 games since bring drafted in 2017 which followed a stellar season with Adelaide’s SANFL team.
Adelaide General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Murphy played a crucial role for the team and had earned the contract extension through hard work.
“Murph brings a really important dynamic to our forward line and his role is highly valued by the team,” Reid said.
“His willingness to tackle and smother and put his body on the line to help keep the ball inside 50m is a feature of his game, as is his ability to create space and scoring shots for his teammates and take his own opportunities when they present.
“He is a great example of hard work and perseverance and that has been rewarded with some great form this year so we are looking forward to that continuing.”
Murphy said he was delighted to be continuing his career at West Lakes.
“I love the footy club and everyone involved including the players, coaches and staff,” he said.
“I feel very honoured to pull on the guernsey and never take it for granted.
“I’m excited to continue my career at the Crows and while I know I still have plenty in my game to work on, I’m keen to be involved as we build towards something special.”
Keane – who made his Crows debut in Showdown 54 last night – will also remain at West Lakes until 2025 along with first-year midfielder Billy Dowling who has penned a two-year extension.
Keane joined the Crows as a pre-season supplemental signing in January after five games with Collingwood, while Dowling was drafted from North Adelaide with Pick No.43 in last year’s National Draft and has enjoyed a strong SANFL season.
“We have been really impressed with both guys in their first season at the Club,” Reid said.
“For Mark to relocate from Ireland and work hard on his game is testament to his commitment, and Billy’s development in his first season of League footy is very encouraging for the future.”