ADELAIDE star Rory Sloane has spurned interest from Victorian clubs to sign a new five-year AFL contract with the Crows.
The 28-year-old, a restricted free agent at the end of the season, had been the subject of intense speculation over his future but will now likely play out his career at the South Australian club.
“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,” Sloane said via a statement released on Wednesday morning.
“There is always a lot to weigh up, especially given Belinda and I are about to start a family, and we have been in constant talks with the club for some time.
“I’m 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.”
Sloane’s 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 year’s 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.
“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.
“We are thrilled that he will continue to be a key part in our push towards future success.”
Sloane has played 171 games for the Crows since he was selected 44th overall at the 2008 draft.
He is a two-time club best-and-fairest winner and was an All-Australian in 2016.
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