Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch will continue his 143-game career with the Crows after signing a two-year contract extension.
The 2017 Club Champion and All Australian played the final six AFL games of the season after strong form in the SANFL where he also played an important leadership role for the Club’s younger players this year.
The 28-year-old produced an outstanding finish to the year led by his ball-winning ability, contest and clearance work.
In the final six games Crouch averaged 29 disposals (12 contested), seven clearances and five tackles, and finished second in Showdown Medal voting in the Round 20 win over Port Adelaide.
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Crouch’s class and experience was highly valued by the team.
“As an experienced midfielder who knows what it takes to perform on the big stage, we are really pleased that Matt will continue his career with us,” Reid said.
“We acknowledge that it has been a challenging year for him before his opportunity showed itself in the second half of the season, but his attitude and approach to continually working on his game and helping others around him has been first class.
“We look forward to Matt continuing to be an important member of the team as his career extends to at least a 12th season with the Club.”
Crouch said he was encouraged by what the team could achieve in coming years and excited to be part of it.
“Adelaide is home and I love the footy club so I’m really pleased to be sticking around for the next two years,” Crouch said.
“The direction the team is heading in and the relationships I’ve got with my teammates is really strong so I’m excited by what the future holds.”