Atkins inks new AFL deal with Crows

Adelaide re-signing Rory Atkins isn’t about to pressure his teammate Josh Jenkins to ink a new AFL deal with the Crows.

Atkins, an emerging 17-game player, has signed a two-year extension with Adelaide, who are sweating on a deal for the sought-after Jenkins.

Brisbane this week denied offering a bumper bid to Jenkins, who is off-contract at season’s end.

But Atkins says when it comes to contracts, everyone is different.

“There’s a lot of things that need to be assessed,” Atkins, 21, said on Friday.

“But I’m confident that we have a very close group, a very young group, and we’re striving for success and going the right way in doing that.”

Asked if Adelaide players had made a pact to stick together, Victorian-born Atkins replied: “There’s definitely not anything structured, stuff like that usually just happens catching up with a mate or a group of guys for a coffee,” he said.

“There’s more of a bias to stay with the group that you feel comfortable with.”

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