Adelaide has secured the prized signature of exciting midfielder Brad Crouch.
Crouch rejected interest from across the border to sign a new four-year contract, which will keep him in Crows colours until at least the end of 2020.
The 22-year-old said he was thrilled to get the deal done and remain at West Lakes.
“I definitely see a very bright future here,” Crouch said.
“We’re a young list. With ‘Nobes’ (Head of Football David Noble), Hamish Ogilvie (National Recruiting Manager) and the boys in recruiting we’ve brought in some really good players.
“I just see us going places and success around the corner. I really want to be a part of that.”
Crouch has rediscovered fitness and form after a frustrating run with injuries.
The skilful onballer, who didn’t play an AFL game in 2015 because of a foot injury, has worked hard to re-establish himself in the Crows midfield.
He’s played 11 senior games this year including the last seven in succession.
Since Round 14, Crouch is averaging 27.5 possessions, six tackles and five clearances per game.
In the past seven rounds, he’s third in the AFL for tackles (52), 11th in contested possessions (88), 12th in total disposals (190) and 14th in clearances (38).
Crouch, who collected a season-high 36 touches against the Brisbane Lions, was the No.1 ranked midfielder in the competition in Round 20 according to Champion Data.
Crouch said he was pleased to start playing some consistent football.
“All I wanted to do was play a good block of footy, contribute and feel part of the team again,” he said.
“Since I’ve been doing that, we’ve got something (a new contract) done pretty quick.
“It’s a credit to my manager Alex McDonald and the Club for getting the deal done.”
Crows Senior Coach Don Pyke believes Crouch will be an integral part of the team for years to come.
“Brad’s attack on the footy is something that we really value, with his ability to win the ball inside and outside the contest,” Pyke said.
“He’s an important part of our midfield group and a player that will continue to improve with the work he does on and off the field, and with further games experience.
“Since returning to the team, his form has been really impressive and we are excited for what the future holds for Brad.”
From Beaufort in country Victoria, Crouch was recruited by Adelaide as a 17-year-old via Greater Western Sydney in the 2011 ‘mini draft’.
The former North Ballarat junior and St Patrick’s student made his AFL debut in Round Two, 2013. He finished runner-up in the 2013 AFL Rising Star, and won Adelaide’s Emerging Talent Award.
Crouch has played a career total of 36 AFL games.
He joins All Australian defenders Daniel Talia and Brodie Smith, in-form forward Josh Jenkins and exciting young players Rory Atkins and Mitch McGovern in committing to the Crows this season.
Younger brother Matt signed a new three-year deal with the Club in October last year.
Crouch said he was settled in Adelaide.
“I live with my brother and one of my best mates,” he said.
“I love the city ... I just find it an easy place to live and really enjoy it here.”