You Betts Eddie's staying a Crow
AFL: Eddie Betts is set to finish his AFL career in Adelaide, with the game's most popular small forward signing a long-term contract extension to remain at the Crows.
Betts, originally contracted until the end of the 2017 season, signed a three-year extension on Wednesday that will see him stay at West Lakes until at least the end of 2020.
Betts said he was delighted to re-sign with the club, which he believes is heading in an exciting direction.
"The club is in great shape and we have such a positive environment where everyone works really hard but also knows how to make it enjoyable as well,” Betts said.
"Playing finals footy is what it is all about and after experiencing that the last couple of years I know this playing group is capable of much more.
"Everyone at the club has been really good to me and I love our fans too. They have made my family and I feel so welcome from the first day I arrived.”
The durable 30-year-old has been a revelation for Adelaide ever since crossing over from Carlton, earning All-Australian selection from the past two consecutive seasons.
He has played in every possible game for the Crows over the past three years and constantly improved on his career-high season goal tallies, booting 51 goals in 2014, 63 in 2015 then 75 in 2016 - many of those coming from the now famous 'Eddie Betts pocket' at the Adelaide Oval.
But as enthralling as he has been in front of goal, Betts is also one of the most selfless forwards in the game, ranking No. 1 in the AFL for score assists since 2007 and No. 1 for forward 50 tackles since 2005.
Betts has been just as influential off the field - particularly in the indigenous community - in Adelaide, mentoring several young Crows players and helping out a few charities, including the Crows Children's Foundation.
Adelaide list manager Justin Reid said Betts' brilliance on the field was matched by his humility off it.
"Everyone knows that Eddie is a special talent but he also understands and contributes to our team-first approach and culture,” Reid said.
"His durability is testament to the way he trains and prepares, and he has a clear picture of where we are heading and wants to continue on the journey.”