Adelaide AFLW forward Caitlin Gould says she feels "privileged" to be part of the Crows' squad and to extend her stay at the Club.

Fresh off signing a one-year extension to remain with Adelaide until the end of 2025, Gould spoke with AFC Media and said the bond she shared with her teammates was a major factor behind her re-signing.

“Obviously I feel really privileged to sign on for another year,” Gould said.

“This club is really special to me and the type of culture that we have here is amazing.

“That doesn’t just come from the girls, that comes from the staff, the coaches, the admin and the Club as a whole.

“You really form a special bond with your teammates and there are a lot of girls that I have played alongside right from the beginning, they are my best mates and family.”

Gould, who featured in the Crows' Season Six Premiership, enjoyed a standout campaign in 2023, which included being named an All-Australian for the first time and finishing third on the League’s goal kicking tally.

The 24-year-old said tasting the ultimate success again was driving her to get better and she said the Crows were continuing to build something special.

“Connection is a massive part of this group and we continue to drive that every single season and we are definitely already seeing that in week three of preseason which is super exciting," Gould said.

“We have learnt a lot from last season and I personally do not think I have seen a more connected group

“The younger group, heaps of those girls have flourished from last year to the past few weeks in pre-season.

“Lots of girls have hit PBs since coming back as well which shows how much work everyone has put into the off-season."

Gould played as a ruck for the first four seasons at West Lakes, before making the transition to a key forward in 2023.

But following former teammate Montana McKinnon's trade to Richmond, Gould said she was expecting to spend more time around stoppages this coming season, providing support to fellow ruck Jess Allan.

“Obviously playing that key forward role last year was a big change, but one that I was excited to play in,” Gould said.

“I will possibly play a bit more ruck this year as well, as Montana has moved, so that’s another area I will have to keep on top of.

“I am feeling good, feeling fit and healthy, so excited to see what the season holds.”

As the 2024 AFLW season edged closer, Gould said her goal this year would be to balance playing ruck and forward, with Adelaide’s newly appointed AFLW coaches already helping her develop in the two positions.

“I had never played key forward before last year, so I still have a huge amount of growth to come this year in that role and that is an area I want to continue developing in,” Gould said.

“We have Jack Madgen coming in as our forward coach, which is really exciting, he worked with us a little bit last year and he taught me so much then.

"Then we have Kieran Strachan from the men’s program who is doing ruck stuff with me, Jess Allan, Lily (Tarlinton) and Zoe (Prowse), so it is good that we have such a wide spread of coaches who are able to help us develop those areas of our game.”

Adelaide’s 2024 AFLW season will start with a Showdown under lights at Alberton Oval on August 31.