Dashing defender Mitch Hinge’s Crows career will continue for at least the next three seasons after signing a contract extension to the end of 2026.

The 25-year-old South Australian joined Adelaide from Brisbane in 2021 and cemented his spot in the side last season by playing 22 games, which took his career tally to 43.

Hinge endeared himself to Crows fans in his first game for the Club in Round 1, 2021, when he played through a dislocated shoulder in a memorable win over Geelong.

Since then, the left-footer has brought his trademark physicality, defensive versatility and elite kick to the team on a consistent basis and has been rewarded with a new deal ahead of the 2024 season.

“We have been thrilled with what Mitch has added to our group in the past three seasons,” Crows GM List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said.

“He gives us a lot of options in the defensive half and is able to set us up with his attacking left-foot.

“As a 43-game player we feel like he’s just scratching the surface of his potential and we look forward to watching him continue to develop his game.”

Hinge said it was an exciting time to be at West Lakes.

“The young guys who are coming through like Jake Soligo, Max Michalanney and Josh Rachele, to play with them the last couple of years has been really exciting and a big motivator for me to remain part of this group moving forward,” Hinge said.

“On a personal level I still feel like I’ve got a lot of growth in my game, there were some glimpses in the second half of last year, so I want to keep building on that and be part of some success.”