Exciting young key forward Riley Thilthorpe has signed a three-year contract extension to remain with Adelaide until at least 2025.

The Crows’ No.2 draft pick last year was not due to come out of contract until 2022 but has joined a growing number of young players recommitting to the Club this season.

Thilthorpe kicked five goals in his AFL debut against Hawthorn in Round 6 and has played 11 games for the season which included kicking the match-winning goal against St Kilda in Cairns in Round 13.

He was subsequently named the AFL’s Round 13 Rising Star as Adelaide’s second nomination for the season after Lachlan Sholl in Round 4.

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“I’ve really enjoyed my first season in the AFL system and being given the opportunity to play for the Club I grew up barracking for,” Thilthorpe said.

“It’s been great to work closely with all of my coaches but also the experience of someone like Taylor Walker in the forwardline helping my development.

“I’m excited about the future of the Club and am happy to know I’ll be here for the next four years which will allow me to continue to focus on my footy.”

Adelaide General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Thilthorpe was a key part of Adelaide’s future and securing him was a huge boost for the team.

“Clearly we are delighted that Riley has recommitted to the Club,” Reid said.

“We know how talented he is but what makes him a special player is his work ethic and appetite to get better. He is constantly working on his game with his coaches and doing extra sessions which is a great sign for the future.

“He has made a terrific start to his AFL career and he is a very important part of where we are heading with this young group.”