AFL star Rory Sloane signs five-year deal to stay at Adelaide Crows
Adelaide Crows’ midfielder Rory Sloane has ended months of speculation by signing a five-year deal to stay at West Lakes.
- Rory Sloane signs up for five years with Adelaide Crows
- The midfielder is one of the club’s top players
- There had been speculation he would go back to Victoria
Sloane had been considering a return to Melbourne, before making the call to stay.
The 28-year-old has battled a foot problem for most of the season, before returning to action in recent weeks.
The two-time club champion will stay with the Crows — who reached last year’s AFL Grand Final — until at least the end of 2023.
In a statement, Sloane said he was “super excited about what the future holds, both from a personal and football perspective”.
He and his wife, Belinda, are expecting their first baby later this year.
“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 [my wife] Belinda and I are about to start a family, and we have been in constant talks with the club for some time.”
Sloane said it was important to him to be a one-club player.
“That certainly does mean a lot,” he said.
“When my kids are older they can look back on the Adelaide footy club and know Dad played there.”
Adelaide general manager for list management and strategy Justin Reid said the Crows were “thrilled that he will continue to be a key part in our push towards future success”.
“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.”
As well as being a good player, Crows coach Don Pyke said Sloane was a “quality guy” from a “morals point of view” who added to the team’s culture.
“It’s a great day for the club,” Pyke said.
The Crows play Geelong at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow night.
Small forward Eddie Betts will return for the match after two weeks off with a hamstring injury.