01/03/2024

Chayce Jones: Image credit Adelaide Football Club

Chayce Jones’ improved form warranted a contract extension until at least the end of the 2026 season, he opened up about his mindset that has turned his career around.

Jones, who has held his position in Adelaide’s midfield strongly after a rocky start to his career, has put any talks of a move else-where to bed for the time-being, with the extension.

Following a stellar Under-18s championship stint with the Allies, where he was named in the All-Australian squad, he found himself picked up ninth overall by the Crows in the draft leading up to the 2019 AFL season.

Although Jones came to the Crows on the back of strong Under-18 form, he struggled to find his feet early on, playing only 23 games in the first two years in the senior side.

However, the young Crow has been able to find some consistent form in the three following years, adding a further 46 games under his belt, including a strong 2022 season where he only missed three games.

He fronted the media after the announcement of the extension where he explained that he believes his side has shown good form in the early half of the season, and is excited to be on board.

“We’ve shown in the first half of the year that we’re on an exciting journey,” he said.

“Hopefully that can continue we’ve got a good group of young players at the club and keep moving forward.”

Jones has put together a career-best season in 2023, helping cement his spot in the Crows’ midfield (Image: Adelaide Crows)

The 2023 season has been one that has seen Jones come out of the shadows in terms of form and consistency, and he believes his mindset is key to recent on-field successes.

“Just attacking it with a growth mindset you go into every game and there are different roles and slightly different gameplans that might come into each game,” he stated.

“I think just attacking it and having a hundred-per cent faith in what I’ve got to bring is the main part.”

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Jones’ contract extension secures his place at Adelaide for at least another three years, although his home state of Tasmania will just about have their first AFL team enter the league at the end of his contract in 2026. According to Jones, he isn’t looking too far into the future.

“I’m a proud Tasmanian but at the moment I’m just happy to be playing at the Crows,” he said.

“As I said the young group we’ve got is such an exciting thing and it’s still a few years away.”

Although he isn’t looking too far ahead, Jones is happy Tasmania has been given an AFL team.

“I think it’s great for Tassie football as a young bloke growing up having a Tassie team to support would have been amazing,” he said.

“You see in Adelaide, the support the young guys get going through it all and having a team that’s around all the time is amazing.

“I think it’s a step forward for footy in Tassie and I think it’ll be a good thing.”

According to the 23-year-old midfielder, Adelaide will look to keep improving on what has already been a good first half of the year, which sees them sit inside the eight with ten games left of the season.

“We still want to work on what we’ve done in the first half of the year, it’s a good steppingstone that we want to keep improving on,” he said.

“We’ve worked to get to this position, we have to fight to make the eight and fight to play in the finals, so we’ve got to keep progressing forward, it’s a good challenge to have.”

The Crows have a hard-earned rest this week with the bye but face a huge test against the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG on the 25th of June.

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