Crows Pair Sign Contract Extension As Rebuild Process eases

Young forwards sign two-year deals

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Adelaide have secured the signatures of both Darcy Fogarty and Lachlan Murphy, as the the club's rebuild process hits next phase with more than twelve re-signings this year.

The young forward duo have ensured their next two seasons will remain at West Lakes, with Fogarty (21) and Murphy (23) adding to the list of growing prospects.

Both players have made their mark through different routes. Fogarty was a first-round draft pick recruited from his home state, while Murphy joined Adelaide after crossing from Victoria as an SANFL development player, working his way onto the senior list.


Ankle surgery has left Murphy sidelined until later this season, but fans have already seen the fruits of his labour kicking 42 goals in 52 games a pressure forward.

Fogarty has played an important role in the teams resurgence this season, booting 13 goals in nine games while also being used through the midfield.

The South Australian said his decision to extend another two years on his contract was one made with complete certainty,

“I’ve enjoyed my first three-and-a-half seasons at Adelaide and I’m seeing improvement from working on my game and with my coaches,” Fogarty said.

“I love the club, I love the team and believe in where we are headed, we are a young group developing together and I’m looking forward to being a part of the future.”

Murphy was overjoyed with the faith shown from the club, encouraged by the support he has received during ankle rehab.

“I love the footy club and the people involved, I love Adelaide and playing at Adelaide Oval and am really excited to be able to stay for another couple of years,” he said.

“I’m tracking as well as possible with my ankle rehabilitation and I’m looking forward to hopefully returning to the field soon.”

Adelaide list manager Justin Reid spoke on the young players' ability to gel with the group and establish their own role.

“We are obviously really pleased that Darcy and Lachy have both re-signed and bought into the direction we are headed,” Reid said.

“They are young and exciting players who took different paths to get to our Club but have worked hard to establish their place in the team and they are an important part of our future.”

The club is notably thriving during a rebuilding process, securing signatures from more than a dozen out-of-contract players while steadily climbing the ladder.

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10 June 2021

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