Cornthwaite commits to Reds

Adelaide United defender Robbie Cornthwaite has admitted the Reds have shown a lot of faith in him after he agreed to a new three-year deal with the club.

Adelaide United defender Robbie Cornthwaite has admitted the Reds have shown a lot of faith in him after he agreed to a new three-year deal with the club.

The contract will keep the 24-year-old in Adelaide until the end of the 2012-13 season, and in the process see him become one of the longest standing servants of the club since the start of the Hyundai A-League back in 2005.

Cornthwaite said he was 'grateful' to be wearing the red shirt.

"Obviously 'Viddie' (coach Aurelio Vidmar) and the club have shown a lot of faith in me giving me a three-year deal," Cornthwaite said.

"I think over the five seasons that I've been here I have proven that I have improved each year and have been willing to learn and become a better player."

"I'm always going to make mistakes but as long as I limit those and learn from them, in three years time hopefully I'll be a very strong leader at the club."

"As soon as I heard that the club wanted to re-sign me I was really happy and we went through the negotiations, which went really smoothly, so I'm very happy to be staying here."

Reds captain Travis Dodd and midfielder Lucas Pantelis are the only other two players still at the club from the first season of the Hyundai A-League, and with the high number of players that get turned over at every club at the end of each season, Cornthwaite is proud to become part of the Adelaide United landscape.

"It's a bit of an honour for me to still be here as one of only three players still here from the first season, and by the time this contract expires, I would have been here for eight years so it's a pretty big honour," Cornthwaite said.