ADELAIDE has secured Tom Lynch until the end of 2018 after the in-form forward signed a three-year deal.
It's understood contract talks with the 24-year-old were drawn out over the length of the deal, with the Crows keen for Lynch to accept a two-year extension.
But in the face of significant interstate interest the club added a season to get pen to paper.
In the best form of his career, Lynch leads the AFL for goal assists while kicking 27 himself.
He said it was always his hope to remain at West Lakes.
"I’ve got a young family – a little two-year-old boy Koby, who is everything to us. My partner Courtney and I have been weighing up that decision, but I’m happy to stay at the club – the intention was always to stay here," Lynch said.
"I’m just rapt that we could get it done because we love it here in Adelaide."
After an injury-plagued season last year, Lynch has been happy just to play consistent football.
He dislocated his shoulder on the eve of the 2014 season, then broke his jaw and then his neck.
The hard-running forward has enjoyed a much more fruitful 2015 though, managing 20 games and averaging 19 possessions an outing.
"I’ve missed a few games through injury, which has been quite well documented, but I’m enjoying having a consistent year this year in terms of continuity," he said.
"I’m just looking to play my role. (Forward line coach) David Teague has just been super for me this year, giving me that confidence and helping me improve my game. I owe a lot of it to him.
"I’m loving being part of the team each weekend, so hopefully we can have a good end to the year and my footy can continue to improve as well."
Crows head of football David Noble described Lynch as "an important link" between defence to attack, and said his work ethic had helped him get his body right.