ATHLETIC defender Miles Bergman has recommitted to the Port Adelaide Football Club, agreeing to terms on a new two-year contract.
One of the more consistent performers for the club this season, Bergman’s new deal will tie him to Alberton until at least the end of 2025.
Claimed from the Sandringham Dragons with Port’s first selection at the 2019 AFL National Draft at pick 14, injury and illness interrupted the start of his career but the powerful 21-year-old has played every game this season, taking his overall tally to 47 AFL games.
“As a club we’re going really well,” Bergman said of his decision to stay. “I’ve got some great friends at the club and we’re really tight as a group.
“I think everyone can see how much potential we have, so I’m really excited about what we can produce in the next few years and I want to be a part of it.
“I’m really close to my family and friends (in Melbourne) but I love this club and I’m really excited that I get to stay and see what we can achieve together.”
While he started out the year playing on the wing, such is his versatility that Bergman has also performed admirably in the backline and at half forward.
Bergman’s strength, composure and impressive overhead ability has seen him recently tasked with shutting down key forwards including Geelong’s Jeremy Cameron and Western Bulldog Jamara Ugle-Hagan.
“Miles is an important and highly valued member of our team,” said Port Adelaide List Manager, Jason Cripps.
“He has a unique skill set that allows him to influence games in multiple roles.
“Miles is an extremely determined and driven player who he is starting to see the benefits of his hard work through his performances this season.
“We’re pleased that he has elected to remain at our club and looking forward to the next period of his growth.”
A Rising Star nominee in 2021, Bergman averages 15 disposals and five marks per game, while he has also booted 13 goals.