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Steve Summerton re-commits with 1-year contract

MAGPIES veteran Steven Summerton has signed on with the club for the 2018 season, describing the decision as an “easy one to make.”

Summerton has played over 200 games for Port Adelaide, and said he is excited to work with the crop of young talent available on the Magpies list.

“The club has signed some really good South Australian youngsters, to go with some talented interstate players who have great potential,” Summerton told

“Levi Proude is someone in particular that I’m excited to watch progress this season.

“Hopefully he can get a good pre-season under his belt, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do for the club next year.”

Port Adelaide SANFL & Next Generation Academy Manager Shane Grimm was thrilled to get the prized signature of Summerton.

He said the experience Summerton brings to the young squad is essential for their progression.

“It is very important to retain a player of Summo's experience within our young group,” Grimm said.

“We are very appreciative that Steven has re-committed to the club in our bid to strive for another premiership."

The club has also signed Mitchell Mead for the 2018 season – the eldest son of Port Adelaide Magpies premiership player Darren Mead.

Mitchell has been a member of the club’s Father-Son Academy in 2017, after previously playing at Woodville West-Torrens.

In addition to Summerton and Mead, Levi Proude has also re-commited to the Magpies in 2018, while the club has also snagged new recruits Sam Davidson (Gold Coast Academy/ Currumbin), Lewin Davis (Bendigo Pioneers/Mildura) and Dallas Hill (Central Districts).

National Recruiting Manager Geoff Parker was thrilled with the level of young talent added to the Magpies list. 

"As a club, we're delighted to have Sam and Lewin join the Magpies as contracted players," he said. 

"Both players had very good seasons at under 18 level this year, and we considered recruiting both players onto the Power list at the recent AFL National Draft." 

Port Adelaide farewelled  Robbie Young, Tom Corcoran, Jonathan Ross, Anthony Biemans, Keanu Miller and Adam Mahney at season's end. 

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