Adelaide defender and emerging leader Tom Doedee has signed a two-year contract extension as the latest player to commit to the future of the Club.
The 24-year-old’s new deal will keep him at West Lakes until at least 2023 and he is the 11th player to re-sign with the Crows this season.
Drafted from the Geelong Falcons with Pick No.17 in 2015, Doedee finished runner-up in the NAB Rising Star in 2018 and has now played 40 games after recovering from a knee reconstruction in 2019.
The intercept defender, who has been Adelaide’s stand-in skipper when Rory Sloane was injured in the past two years, said the decision to re-sign was easy because Adelaide and the Club had become like home.
“I am really excited about what we are building here at the Crows,” Doedee said.
“And a major reason why I want to be part of the Club’s future is because of the relationships I have with everyone at all levels of the footy club, and in particular the playing group.
“This current group is connected and driven to continually improve and we have seen that in some of our performances so far this season. And the brand of football we are playing is exciting and something I want to be part of.
“Since being drafted Adelaide has become home for me and my partner Emily and we love living here and being part of the Club.”
Adelaide General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid described Doedee as a very talented player and a high character with strong values which aligned with the team.
“Tom typifies what this group is about, putting others first, leading by example on and off the field and he has genuine care for the group and the drive to compete and improve,” Reid said.
“He has also become an important leader for us and we are very pleased he has extended his contract for another two years.”