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Crows lock down hard-running pair

Rory Atkins has re-signed with the Crows until the end of 2020 - AFL,Adelaide Crows,Rory Atkins,Jordan Gallucci
Rory Atkins has re-signed with the Crows until the end of 2020

ADELAIDE wingman Rory Atkins and former first-round draft pick Jordan Galluci have put pen to paper on two-year contract extensions.

A week after reigning club champion Matt Crouch extended his deal for three years, Atkins and Galluci have been secured until at least the end of 2020.

Hard-runner Atkins has become a mainstay of the Crows' midfield under Don Pyke, playing every game over the past two seasons.

He averaged 21.4 disposals last year – highlighted by a career-best 37 touches against Fremantle in round 10 - as Adelaide's improved midfield drove the Crows to their first Grand Final appearance since 1998.

The 23-year-old Victorian said he had no hesitation inking a contract extension. 

"Adelaide is a great place to live and play football so it’s great that I get to call it home for at least another two years," Atkins said. 

"The club gave me my chance to play AFL football and I’m really grateful for that and want to repay that faith.

"We have a really tight-knit playing group who are constantly driving each other to improve which is a great environment to be around." 

Line-breaking runner Galluci, taken with pick 15 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft, picked up 11 touches and booted a goal on debut in round nine last year in his solitary game to date.

"It’s fantastic to have two more promising young players commit themselves to the club," list manager Justin Reid said. 

"For Rory to play every game in the past two seasons is a credit to his hard work and preparation. 

"He’s become an integral part of our midfield group and we feel he still has plenty of upside.

"In his first year at the club, Jordan has shown he has the skills and determination to succeed at the highest level and we look forward to his continued development."