Midfielder Ben Keays has committed his future to the Crows after signing a two-year contract extension.
Keays arrived at West Lakes as a rookie, selected with pick No.7 in last year’s rookie draft.
After being overlooked for senior selection in the Crows’ season opener, Keays immersed himself in his training during the subsequent AFL coronavirus shutdown.
The 23-year-old’s hard work was repaid with a Club debut in Round Two and he has not looked back, playing every game since on his way to a top five finish in the 2020 Club Champion count.
Keays said he loved his first year in South Australia and was thrilled to be continuing his career with the Crows.
“I was so thankful to get a second chance with Adelaide and I wanted to make sure I made the most of the opportunity I was given,” Keays said.
“Having the faith of my coaches and teammates has helped me play the strongest footy of my career so far.
“I’ve loved the year despite the challenges and it’s great to be able to repay everyone’s faith in me by signing on.”
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Keays has led by example since joining the Club.
“It speaks volumes that Ben has been able to establish himself as an important part of our future, making strong contributions both on and off the field,” Reid said.
“He has impressed everyone with his professionalism and training ethic, and his desire to get the best out of himself sets a strong example for his teammates.”
Keays has played 46 AFL games, including 30 with the Brisbane Lions who originally drafted him with pick No.24 in the 2015 AFL Draft.
Ruckman Kieran Strachan will also be at West Lakes next year, signing a one-year contract extension.
The 204cm Strachan made his AFL debut as a late inclusion in Round Nine.