In a New Year’s boost for Crows fans, Club Champion and All-Australian midfielder Matt Crouch has signed a three-year contract extension.

The deal will see the 22-year-old remain at West Lakes until at least the end of 2021.

One of the most improved players in the competition in 2017, Crouch broke the AFL record for most disposals in a season (825).

He collected a career-high 45 disposals against West Coast in Round 23, and amassed 30 or more possessions in 19 of his 25 games. Remarkably, Crouch’s lowest disposal tally was 27 against Geelong in Round 11.

This consistency was rewarded with his first All-Australian selection as well as becoming the second-youngest Malcolm Blight Medallist in Club history.

Crouch said he was thrilled to be continuing his career at West Lakes.

“I’m really pleased to be able to wear the Crows colours for the next four years at least,” Crouch said.

“The Club is a fantastic place to be with a committed playing and coaching group who are determined to achieve success.

“I’m excited for what the future holds and look forward to the start of Season 2018 already.”

General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid was rapt to have Crouch commit to the Crows.

“Matt has developed into one of the premier midfielders in the competition and to have him around until at least 2021 is a great result for the Club,” Reid said.

“He has not only bought into but led the way with the Club’s team-first culture and helped create a really positive environment.

“At only 22 years of age his best football is still ahead of him and we are excited to continue to see him grow as a player and a leader.”

Recruited with pick No.23 in the 2013 National Draft, Crouch has played 72 AFL games since making his debut in Round Three, 2014.

The 2017 Malcolm Blight Medallist @mattcrouch44 ! #weflyasone

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