ADELAIDE has officially secured former Brisbane defender Mitch Hinge as a delisted free agent.
The 22-year-old has accepted a two-year deal in his home state after knocking back a one-year offer at the Lions and asking to be cut on Wednesday.
Hinge played three games for the Lions, including one this season, after being taken at pick No.20 in the 2017 Rookie Draft from Glenelg.
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However, the half-back was continually stuck behind Daniel Rich, Alex Witherden, Brandon Starcevich, Ryan Lester, Noah Answerth and more recently Callum Ah Chee and Grant Birchall.
"We're delighted to add Mitch to our playing list for season 2021," Crows list boss Justin Reid said.
"He stands at 190cm tall and offers plenty of versatility across a wing or half-back.
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"Mitch is competitive, excellent one-on-one, has a strong left-foot kick and the ability to play either a lockdown role or use his power and attacking skills to break lines.
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"He was an emergency for both of Brisbane's finals this year in a really talented squad and has shown what he can do at state league level, so we really see a lot of opportunity for him at the club."
Hinge grew up in Mundalla in the south-east of South Australia, a town with a population of approximately 400.
His brother John played one game for the Crows in 2007.
It leaves the Crows with 36 contracted players for next season which also includes Bryce Gibbs who will be held as a rookie in order to absorb his 2021 payout.
Midfielder Jackson Hately will become the Crows' 37th player when he arrives via the Pre-Season Draft after delisting himself from Greater Western Sydney this week.
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The Crows hold selections 1, 9, 22, 23, 40 and 80 at next month's NAB AFL Draft after a transaction with Fremantle earlier on Thursday.