Star midfielder Rory Sloane has signed a five-year contract extension with the Adelaide Crows, sealing his future at the club and putting an end to speculation that he would make a move back to his home state of Victoria.
The deal will see him stay at the club until the end of 2023.
Sloane, set to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, said he had been in talks with Adelaide "for some time".
“This is a great footy club and I have said many times before how much I respect and love the place and people, particularly the playing group,” he said.
“Im super excited about what the future holds, both from a personal and football perspective.
“We have created a great environment where there is a genuine care for each other and strong desire to achieve the ultimate success.”
The 28-year-old has won two club best and fairests and played 171 games. Hawthorn and St Kilda were among the Victorian clubs interested in signing him.
Crows list manager Justin Reid said the club was thrilled Sloane had re-signed.
“First and foremost, Rory is a quality person and he has the ability to inspire others around him,” Reid said.
“His work ethic is first class and his determination to get the best out of himself, as well as his drive to make others and the team better is outstanding.
Sloanes signing is a huge boost for the Crows, who have struggled to keep star players in the past.
Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron left West Lakes after last years grand final loss to Richmond, joining departed stars like Patrick Dangerfield, Kurt Tippett, Phil Davis and Jack Gunston.
Adelaide list boss Justin Reid was understandably jubilant with the result.
Claire Siracusa is a desk editor in The Age sport department.
Most Viewed in Sport
Morning & Afternoon Newsletter