Matthew Jaensch has signed a two-year contract extension with the Crows after a standout season.
Adelaide defender Matthew Jaensch’s breakout season has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
The 24-year-old has played in every game for the Crows in 2014, and has been a key cog in Brenton Sanderson’s back six.
Jaensch’s new deal means he is locked-in at the club until at least the end of the 2016 season.
The defender said a combination of hard work and guidance from defensive coach Darren Milburn and teammate Daniel Talia had helped him this season.
“I have always worked hard, but this season I have strived to achieve a new level of fitness,” he told the club’s website.
“I am really enjoying my footy and know I have a lot more improvement.
“I owe a fair bit to our defensive coach Darren Milburn and Daniel Talia, who have really guided and challenged me this year.”
Crows Head of Football David Noble said Jaensch was starting to fulfil the potential shown when he first arrived at the club at the end of 2009.
“Matthew is benefiting from a tough pre-season where he was able to get himself in great shape,” Noble said.
“He always had the talent but we are now starting to see consistency in performance.
“Given an injury free run, he has emerged as a key part of our exciting young backline.”
Jaensch has played 65 AFL games to date, and has averaged 21 possessions in 2014.