Adelaide ball magnet Matt Crouch has re-signed at Adelaide on the two year deal he was chasing.
Crouch sought a multi-year deal in a bid to extend his AFL career after breaking back into the Crows side in Round 19 this year.
The Crows initially offered the 28-year-old a one year deal, but extended their offer to a two-year extension that sees the inside midfielder remain at the Crows until the end of 2025.
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Sydney had emerged as the frontrunner and the most interested of several clubs who enquired about the out of favour Crow but foxfooty.com.au understands that Crouch never had any intention of leaving South Australia.
Further, foxfooty.com.au believes there was a renewed push from the Adelaide playing group to keep Crouch, a former Malcolm Blight Medallist at the club. That sentiment was echoed by the coaches after regaining his acceleration.
Crouch more than repaid the faith, finishing the season with an average of 29 disposals (12 contested), seven clearances and five tackles, over the final six games of the season.
After struggling to break into the Crows’ best 22 for almost two years, Crouch reignited his AFL career during the latter stages of Adelaide’s 2023 campaign.
Crouch was rewarded by Crows coach Matthew Nicks for his sustained dominance at SANFL level when he was re-called for the Round 19 clash against Melbourne at the MCG.
He held his spot the following week and finished second in the voting for the Showdown Medal against the Power, collecting 32 disposals, 15 contested possessions and 12 clearances.
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Crouch’s class and experience was highly valued by the team.
“As an experienced midfielder who knows what it takes to perform on the big stage, we are really pleased that Matt will continue his career with us,” Reid said.
“We acknowledge that it has been a challenging year for him before his opportunity showed itself in the second half of the season, but his attitude and approach to continually working on his game and helping others around him has been first class.
“We look forward to Matt continuing to be an important member of the team as his career extends to at least a 12th season with the Club.”
Crouch said he was encouraged by what the team could achieve in coming years and excited to be part of it.
“Adelaide is home and I love the footy club so I’m really pleased to be sticking around for the next two years,” Crouch said.
“The direction the team is heading in and the relationships I’ve got with my teammates is really strong so I’m excited by what the future holds.”