Adelaide defender Mitchell Hinge has secured his future in the City of Churches, signing a three-year deal to remain a Crow until the end of 2026.

The former Lion began life at the Gabba after being selected with the 20th pick of the 2017 rookie draft. However, by the cessation of 2021, Hinge, a Glenelg product, was shown the door, eventually making the move back to South Australia after three games in maroon, blue and gold.

Hinge was then brought through the doors at West Lakes ahead of the 2021 season, making an impact straight away by playing through injury during the Crows' Round 1 win over Geelong.

Since that afternoon at the Adelaide Oval, the stopper has become a mainstay in Matthew Nicks' defensive unit, donning the Crows' tri-colours on a further 39 occasions.

As the ink dried on his Hinge's deal, Adelaide footy boss Justin Reid told Crows Media that the club was "thrilled" to have earned the balanced backman's signature.

“We have been thrilled with what Mitch has added to our group in the past three seasons,”  Reid said.

“He gives us a lot of options in the defensive half and is able to set us up with his attacking left-foot.

“As a 43-game player we feel like he's just scratching the surface of his potential and we look forward to watching him continue to develop his game.”

Hinge and the Crows are set to commence their 2024 campaign when they travel to face Gold Coast at Carrara on Saturday, March 16.