Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson believes the Crows are in a bright position for the future. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson has boldly predicted the Crows will be the envy of the AFL within three years.
Sanderson believes the Crows' on-field and off-field stocks are rising ahead of a 2014 shift of home games to Adelaide Oval, giving the club an extra $3 million a year.
The first-year Crows coach said the bullish outlook was a factor in retaining onballer Patrick Dangerfield and the looming signatures of his teammates Kurt Tippett and Rory Sloane.
''Players are going to want to come here too - not just the ones already here,'' Sanderson said yesterday.
''I think we'll probably be the envy of a lot of clubs in two or three years because we're providing an environment of success.''
Dangerfield, the highly-rated 22-year-old midfielder, sealed a three-year contract extension with the Crows this week.
His midfield colleague Sloane and key forward Tippett are believed to be close to signing fresh deals with Adelaide.
Adelaide has locked away emerging duo Jared Petrenko and Brodie Smith, leaving Sanderson satisfied with the depth of his playing list.
Sanderson, who has lifted Adelaide from their worst-ever season of 14th to third on the ladder, said the prime list meant the Crows were unlikely to be a major free agency player.
''I really like the squad we have got,'' he said.
''I don't think we need to go and pinch anyone from any other clubs at this stage.
''We are really young, we have got some young talent coming through so it looks like we're going to be a strong side in the next two, three, four years.''
Sanderson said the likelihood of Tippett and Sloane following Dangerfield in signing new contracts was reward for all at the club.
''It is a pat on the back not just for the coaching staff and the players, but also too the administration for providing a culture of success,'' he said.
''I think our players are enjoying coming to work at the moment.
''There is light at the end of the tunnel.
''It looks like we're going to be a successful club and have sustained success with the move to Adelaide Oval in 18 months.
''So it's going to be a real exciting place to be around in the next two or three or four years.
''Our players are aware of that.
''They're enjoying playing their footy together, they're a really tight-knit group so I think all looks good for the Adelaide footy club in the short term and long term.''