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» Brodie Smith signs contract extension with Adelaide, locked away until end of 2021
Brodie Smith signs contract extension with Adelaide, locked away until end of 2021
ADELAIDE has locked away another key member of its best 22, with star rebounding defender Brodie Smith signing a three-year contract extension.
Smith, who was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season, recommitted to the Crows on Thursday, tying him to the club until the end of 2021.
The Crows have opted to move quickly on Smith’s contract, despite the fact he’ll miss all of this season to recover from his ruptured ACL.
Smith, an All-Australian backman, becomes the latest player to be tied down at the Crows, with
Matt Crouch, Rory Atkins and Jordan Gallucci all re-signing with the club during the off-season.
Superstar midfielder Rory Sloane, out of contract at season’s end, has yet to announce his intentions beyond 2018.
Smith has turned into a key cog of Adelaide’s back six, consistently ranking among the top 10 AFL players for average metres gained and rebound 50s since 2014.
He said he was delighted to recommit to the club after a few tough months.
“It’s been a difficult off-season for me with the knee reconstruction, but to be able to agree to a new deal is both comforting and exciting,” Smith said.
“Adelaide is just a great club to be a part of and I’ve formed some really close relationships with players, coaches and staff who are all trying to get the best out of each other.
“I couldn’t imagine playing football anywhere else and I will be doing everything I can to get back out on the park with my teammates as quickly as I can.”
Crows list boss Justin Reid said Smith was “one of the most damaging running defenders in the competition”.
“Over the last few years, we’ve really seen him grow as both a player and a leader within the group,” Reid said.
“He’s approached his rehabilitation with a fantastic attitude and we look forward to him getting back to playing.”
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