KEY defender Kyle Hartigan has signed a three-year contract extension to stay at Adelaide — the club which threw him a lifeline as a mature-age recruit from the VFL in 2012.

In that time Hartigan has gone from fringe player in the SANFL to a permanent fixture in the Crows’ AFL defence given he can play tall or small.

During the pre-season Hartigan told The Advertiser he was happy in Adelaide and would seek a long-term deal which on Monday became official. “The Crows gave me the chance to play AFL football and it’s great to be able to repay the faith,” Hartigan said.

“We have a really tight-knit playing group who have now played a fair bit of football together and I think success is just around the corner.”

The 25-year-old has played 60 AFL games including all nine this season.

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