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Crows re-sign another as Richard Douglas puts pen to paper

Injury carnage, Douglas deal and more Tuesday Footy Feed with Matt Thompson
I love the club and I've been here 10 years now and I can see some success in the near future
Richard Douglas

RICHARD Douglas is the second Adelaide star to re-sign with the club in as many days. 

Douglas would have become a free agent at the end of the season but decided to remain at West Lakes, penning a three-year deal that will – like Sloane – tie him to the Crows until the end of the 2018 season.

The 2010 club champion told AFL.com.au back in early April that he intended to stay at the club, correctly predicting the new deal would get done near the club's round 11 bye.

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Douglas said he considered a move back to Melbourne but he ultimately wanted to finish his career a one-club player.

"I love the club and I've been here 10 years now and I can see some success in the near future ... home's always home, it'll be there forever," Douglas said. 

"I go to some past player functions and to see the older guys there having a beer, enjoying us boys running around – as much as I'm enjoying footy now I'm also looking forward to that side of it. 

"Once you're finished you can do that with your good mate that you've played your whole career with and you've spent it at one club.

"I like to think I'm a pretty loyal person and that was a really attractive sort of thing for me."

Douglas was selected with pick No. 16 at the 2005 NAB AFL Draft and has played 160 senior games for the Crows. A foot injury has held him to just five games this year, but he returned via the SANFL and is in line for a senior recall for Thursday night's clash against Hawthorn.

"Injury has cost him a few matches this year, but no one could question his attention to detail and work ethic during the recovery phase," coach Phil Walsh said.

"Richard is a really important player for us and his experience will be invaluable in the second half of the season and beyond."

The classy midfielder is in line for a senior recall for Thursday night's clash against Hawthorn after a handy performance in his return from a foot injury just before the club's bye.

Douglas strained his plantar fascia, which sidelined him for a month. 

After a four-day break he said he was ready to line up in the senior side.

"I was in a moonboot for two weeks so just a bit of rest there and just a slow build up with my running," he said.

"I was on the anti-gravity machine for two weeks ... I had about two weeks of solid conditioning under my legs and obviously played against Sturt a couple of weeks ago. 

"I feel in a really good position physically."