GUN Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams looks set to finish his career as a one-club player after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract extension.
The new deal will see Adams feature in the black and white until at least the end of 2024.
In announcing the news, Magpies list manager Ned Guy described it as a mutual show of faith.
“‘Tay’ has distinguished himself in big games. He played superbly in last season’s finals series and has always displayed great heart and intensity,” said Guy.
“He demands a lot of himself and his teammates, and his prime years as a player have arrived. We like what we see ahead for him, just as he likes what he sees ahead for the team.”
“With that, we were both happy to make a wholehearted investment in a future together.”
A member of Collingwood’s leadership group for the past three seasons, Adams has endured the most frustrating season of his career to date with injuries restricting him to just the five games.
The 25-year-old missed the first two rounds with a finger tendon injury and has been sidelined for the last 10 games with a left adductor issue.
Adams played three quarters in the VFL last Saturday and stuffed the stat sheet with 16 possessions, eight tackles and one goal. If he gets through training this week, Adams will be named to play against his former club Greater Western Sydney in what is a crucial encounter for both sides at Giants Stadium on Saturday.
He was named Collingwood’s player of the finals last year and was runner-up to West Coast’s Luke Shuey in the voting for the Norm Smith medal after gathering 31 disposals (19 contested), nine clearances, five tackles and one major in the five-point loss in last year’s premiership decider.
Adams has been the epitome of consistency in recent years, having placed fourth, sixth, second and fifth in the Copeland Trophy count across the last four seasons, and has played 125 games for the Magpies after 31 with the Giants.