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Adelaide unveil 2024 Indigenous jumper

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Adelaide has unveiled its 2024 Indigenous jumper, which has been designed by superstar forward Izak Rankine.

The jumper was revealed on the eve of the AFL season and will be worn by the Crows’ AFL, AFLW and SANFL teams on multiple occasions across the season.

The design was a collaboration between Rankine and his cousin, artist Harley Hall, and the Ngarrindjeri man said he was proud to create the jumper.

“I always look forward to Sir Doug Nicholls Round and to be able to pull on something that I’ve worked on alongside Harley is going to be pretty special,” Rankine said.

“Especially to my people and to my family, they’re going to be super proud, and I just can’t wait for that moment to run out in it.

“As a young kid I always wanted to get the guernseys designed specifically for Sir Doug Nicholls Round, so now, to be able to design a guernsey and see other young kids wearing it, it’s going to inspire me, and I hope it will inspire them.”

Rankine joined the Crows last season after spending his first four seasons in the AFL with the Gold Coast Suns.

He has an excellent debut season at the club kicking 36 goals from 20 games, including a five-goal haul against North Melbourne in Round 16 and four goals in the Round 3 Showdown against Port Adelaide.

Izak Rankine standing alongside his cousin Harley Hall with their design. (Image: Adelaide Crows)

The jumper incorporates the 23-year-old’s journey from South Australia to moving to Queensland before returning to his home state.

The South Australian said that the design reflected a strong connection to his dad’s side of the family.

“My dad is a Ngarrindjeri man from Murray Bridge and along the Coorong and Goolwa area, and the guernsey has a strong connection to my mob on my dad’s side," he said.

“Harley’s from the same mob and we tried to incorporate that and it’s super cool to see our people represented in the guernsey.

“Early days I remember being on the mission with him and jumping on the back of his motorbike, so to be able to reconnect with him again and work on something like this with him means a lot.

“A lot of work went into it, but we’re really happy with how it has turned out.”

The guernsey will celebrate the contribution of all the Crows’ past and present Indigenous players by featuring their names on the design.

The Crows will wear the jumper during this year’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round in May, while the SANFL team will debut the jumper on April 27 against North Adelaide.

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