Adelaide have locked in defender Ricky Henderson until the end of the 2017 AFL season.
The Adelaide Crows have announced the re-signing of Ricky Henderson, who has signed a two-year extension with the club.
Henderson was contracted until the end of 2015, however the club has moved quickly to secure his services long-term.
The 25-year-old announced himself as a damaging rebounding defender in 2013, however a fractured ankle during pre-season caused him to miss the opening four months of the 2014 season.
Since his return in Round 16, Henderson has averaged 22 possessions and ranks second at the club for metres gained behind Brodie Smith.
Henderson told the club’s website that he was excited about the club’s future.
“I like where our club is heading,” he said.
“We have a talented young team and a coaching group, which I think can bring the best out of me and the rest of the boys.
“I also enjoy the Adelaide lifestyle.”
Adelaide’s Head of Football David Noble said the former basketballer’s versatility made him a key player at the club.
“Ricky is such an important player for us and to have him commit for an extended period is great,” Noble said.
“He has returned from a long lay-off and wasted no time showing everyone how effective he can be off half back. His decision also reflects how comfortable and settled he now feels in Adelaide.”
Henderson was recruited by the Crows at pick 10 of the 2009 Rookie Draft and has since played 58 AFL games.