McGovern ends speculation, re-signs with Crows

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Highly sought-after Adelaide Crows forward Mitch McGovern has ended speculation over his future, signing a new three-year deal on Tuesday that will keep him at the Crows until the end of 2020.

The North Albany product was drafted by the Crows with pick 43 in the 2014 national draft and was out of contract at the end of this season, attracting interest from WA clubs West Coast and Fremantle.

McGovern, however, resisted the temptation to return to his home State where older brother Jeremy plays for West Coast, instead signing up to remain a part of the Crows’ potent forward line for another three seasons.

The exciting forward made his AFL debut in round 1, 2016 and has kicked 51 goals in 35 AFL matches with the Crows.

This season McGovern overcame a serious hamstring injury to kick four goals twice — once in a draw against Collingwood which included a goal after the siren, and the other against in-form Sydney.

The news comes as the Crows build towards next Thursday’s qualifying final against Greater Western Sydney.

After weighing up his future McGovern said he wanted to be a part of the Crows going forward.

“I love the playing group I’m playing with, but also the staff and everyone involved,” he said.

“The culture is fantastic here.

“It’s one of the best-run clubs that I can see and I’m glad to be a part of it.

“I’m pretty excited for the future ahead.”

Meanwhile, fellow North Albany product and second-year North Melbourne midfielder Declan Mountford is awaiting news on his future at the club.

Mountford is out of contract at the end of this season and after making his senior debut in round 1, he impressed in the Kangaroos’ final 11 games of the season.

However, a decision on the 20-year-old’s future at the Kangaroos is believed to be on hold until possibly mid-October as the club chases Richmond free agent Dustin Martin with a massive offer.

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