ADELAIDE coach Brenton Sanderson has re-signed with the Crows for another two seasons, extending his contract with the club until at least the end of 2016.

The move came despite a disappointing season for the Crows, in which the club failed to back up a sensational 2012.

But while the side languished outside the top eight for most of 2013, several youngsters took significant steps in their development as suggested by NAB Rising Star nominations to Brad Crouch, Rory Laird, Luke Brown and Sam Kerridge.

Sanderson was contracted for next season, but CEO Steven Trigg said the club was thrilled to secure his services beyond 2014.

“We’ve been heading in this direction with our discussions for quite some time butit’s good to have it all done and dusted well before the 2014 season,” Trigg said.

"Brenton has had a range of experiences in his two seasons as senior coach. We are very confident that he is continuing to grow as a coach and is very much the right person to build on all the work of the past two years."

Meanwhile, the Crows have registered the biggest financial loss in their history, with the Kurt Tippett Saga contributing to a loss of almost $1.9 million for the year.