The Adelaide Crows have extended Eddie Betts’ deal beyond the end of the 2017 season and tacked another three years on to his current agreement.
Betts was obviously delighted, as the Crows seldom show long-term affection for players on the back end of their careers. Not only did he gain a modicum of security with regards to his financial future, but also the Crows were strong last season and should figure in the finals picture for the 2017 AFL season.
The Crows seemingly are missing just one or two pieces in order to advance further in the finals and whilst they typically espouse a policy of caution with regards to older players, Betts has been durable, along with being considered the most popular small forward in the game, not only in South Australia, but other states as well.
Betts came over from the Carlton Blues following the 2013 season, has played 69 games for the Crows and in 12 full AFL seasons, has never played fewer than 17 games.
Last season saw him set career marks for disposals and goals and he could not be accused of wasting his legs during the past two seasons, having taken over 200 kicks in 2015 and 2016. If he continues his current pace, it is conceivable that he could raise his goals per game average from its current 1.89 to beyond 2.0.