Rory Sloane has re-signed with the Adelaide Crows.
The club released the following statement:
“Rory Sloane has signed a long-term contract extension which ensures he will finish his AFL career as a one-club player at Adelaide.
“Sloane resisted the urge to return home to his native Victoria in favour of a new five-year deal which keeps him at West Lakes until at least the end 2023.
“The two-time Club Champion has played 171 games and along the way, become a fan favourite and one of the competition’s leading onballers.
“Known for his courage, 28-year-old Sloane is an influential member of the Senior Leadership Group who has previously earned All-Australian selection.
“Sloane, who is expecting his first child with wife Belinda later this year, described the Club as a second home.
“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.
“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.”
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said Sloane is the type of player every football club needs.
“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.”