Adelaide forward Tom Lynch will remain a Crow until at least the end of 2021 after signing a three-year contract extension.

The versatile half-forward has become a crucial link between defence and attack over the past few seasons.

Lynch is a valued member of the Club’s Senior Leadership Group and was named captain for the first time in Adelaide’s Round Nine win over the Western Bulldogs.

In 2017, Lynch averaged a career-best 21 disposals a match and ranked in the top five in the AFL for marks and score involvements, despite missing two games.

This form was rewarded with a second consecutive selection in the All-Australian squad of 40.

The 27-year-old said he always wanted to remain at West Lakes and was thrilled to get the deal done.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club since arriving here at the end of 2011 and am excited to continue to call Adelaide home,” Lynch said.

“I’ve made some life-long friends since then and every day I’m surrounded by a committed playing and coaching group who are always trying to get better.”

Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Lynch’s commitment was a great result for the Club.

“Tom is an important member of our playing group and to have him sign on for a further three years is a significant boost,” Reid said.

“He has taken his game to another level in recent seasons and his position at the Crows is reflected by his inclusion in the Club’s Senior Leadership Group.”

Lynch has played 115 AFL games since being drafted by St Kilda with pick No.13 at the 2010 National Draft.

He played six games in two years at the Saints before arriving at West Lakes ahead of the 2012 season.