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Adamson to lead Bite for another two years
Bite manager inks new contract
04/05/2019 10:48 PM ET
 

Adelaide has signed Manager Chris Adamson to a two-year contract extension as the Club continues to build on the cohesive team culture he has developed.

The Bite finished third in the ABL's South-West Division, having fought for a top-two spot alongside Perth and Melbourne all season.

Adamson, a 130-game player with the Bite, blended together a core group of young Australian talent with experienced international veterans.

He has been the Club's full-time manager since the 2017/18 season, having served as an assistant coach under managers Brooke Knight and Steve Mintz.

Bite General Manager Nathan Davison said 31-year-old Adamson had brought the best out of a youthful and ever-improving roster.

"This season we brought in some of the best young Australian talent and Chris put together a line-up that clicked early on, and formed close bonds," Davison said.

"It's always tough to build team unity with such a short pre-season, but he's someone who has such a great understanding of what it means to be a team."

Twenty-year-old Bite up-and-comer Jordan McArdle said Adamson had a big influence on his career.

"I've been lucky enough to be around Chris for quite a long time, it's been great to learn off him and see him transform from a player to a manager," McArdle said.

"He has a magnificent baseball brain and loves the Adelaide Bite with his whole heart.

"We have a good core of young guys with veteran presence and with him in charge everyone should look out for a big season ahead."

ABL Hitter of the Year Mikey Reynolds praised Adamson's ability to lead while remaining a part of the team.

"He's the youngest head coach I've had so it was weird at first having someone so close to me in age in charge," Reynolds explained.

"Then I got to know him and saw the high quality coaching characteristics he possesses.

"He's a natural leader and blends in as one of the boys we want to go to war with [on the field]."

Australian internationals Aaron Whitefield and Mitch Edwards will return to the Bite next season alongside the ABL MVP Markus Solbach.

Davison said he was looking forward to another season of improvement under Adamson.

"Chris brings the best out of our guys to achieve their goals and the team's goals and we know moving forward he will take us to the next level," he said.

"Baseball in South Australia has a proud history and this team has all the right pieces to find success in the ABL."

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.