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Jenkins signs long-term deal

Josh Jenkins signs on Big man Josh Jenkins has signed a new deal with the Adelaide Football Club.
I really believe in what we’ve built here and what we can continue to achieve going forward,
Josh Jenkins

Forward Josh Jenkins has rebuffed interest interstate to sign a new five-year deal with Adelaide.

The long-term contract will keep the in-form Jenkins in Crows colours until at least the end of 2021.

The 27-year-old said he “couldn’t be happier” to commit his future to the Club.

“I mentioned from the very start that I was keen to stay in Adelaide. I always had that intention,” Jenkins said.

“I really believe in what we’ve built here and what we can continue to achieve going forward.

“The Club has created an environment where you can get the best out of yourself and more importantly players, coaches and staff have bought into the team-first culture.

“We’re all here for success. The reason I’ve been more than happy to commit for so long is because I don’t think we’re far away from that.

“With the demographic of the group, what we’ve been throughand how we’ve become so close, and with the team playing such good football, I think we can sustain that.”

Jenkins, who has played every game this season, is enjoying a career-best 2016.

The powerful, 199cm, 106kg, forward has kicked 44 goals to be fourth in the Coleman Medal, level with teammate Eddie Betts. This included a personal-best eight goals in Adelaide’s Round Seven loss to the Western Bulldogs.

His goalkicking accuracy (44.18 or 71 per cent) has been another feature.

Jenkins is also fourth in the AFL for goal assists (18) and Champion Data scoreboard impact points (399) behind only reigning Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy (437), Sydney Swans superstar Lance Franklin (434) and impressive young Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch (425).

Jenkins said he was happy playing his part in the AFL’s highest-scoring forward line.

“It is a united approach to our game plan with both offence and defence,” Jenkins said.

“We are not fussed who kicks the goals, but it's more a case of playing your role.”

Senior Coach Don Pyke has also been impressed with Jenkins’ work ethic and leadership.

“We are rapt Josh has decided to stay as his form and progress this season has been fantastic,” Pyke said.

“Josh’s talent as a forward has been on show for everyone to see, but equally important is the work he has done to build and evolve his leadership qualities both on and off the field.

“He provides real flexibility and balance to our line-up, can play minutes in the ruck and is always keen to learn and improve his game.”

Originally recruited by Essendon in the Rookie Draft of late-2010, Jenkins joined Adelaide during the 2011 Trade Period.

A late comer to Australian Football, the former basketballer has made significant and continual progress since debuting against Geelong at Football Park in Round Seven, 2012.

He’s only two goals-shy of equalling his 2015 goal tally (46). That followed 40 goals from 20 games in 2014. In 85 games, he’s kicked a career total of 165 goals – ranked 11th of all time at the Crows.

The quick and agile goalkicker will be 32-years-old at the end of his new contract.

Jenkins didn’t debut until age 23 and was confident of playing well into his 30s.

“Hopefully, someone like Harry Dear comes along and kicks me out (of the team) at some stage and the Club continues to move forward,” Jenkins said.

“I had a late start to footy … and we’ve seen that (mature-age recruits like) Ian Callinan and James Podsiadly have been able to play well after 30 because they’ve looked after themselves.

“Hopefully, I’m able to do the same.”

Both from Victoria, Jenkins and long-time partner Hannah are also enjoying Adelaide the city.

“Away from the footy field, myself and my partner Hannah are unbelievably happy here,” he said.

“We’ve finally found a place where we’ve been able to settle down. I bounced around a lot throughout my young adult life, so to be able to call Adelaide home for the past five years has been great.

“I look forward to calling it home for the next five.”