MIDFIELDERS Quinton Narkle and Hugh Jackson have recommitted to the Port Adelaide Football Club, agreeing to terms on respective contract extensions.
Narkle has fast become a fan favourite despite only arriving at Alberton in May’s mid-season rookie draft.
The highly skilled West Australian managed four goals in three AFL games for the club in 2023 but also impressed in the SANFL, averaging 21.3 disposals, 3.3 tackles and 3.6 clearances in his seven matches at that level.
The 25-year-old previously played 41 AFL games in five seasons on Geelong’s list and earned a second chance at Port Adelaide after spending the first part of this year in Essendon’s VFL side.
Originally the 60th selection in the 2016 AFL National Draft, Narkle settled well into life at Alberton alongside second cousin and former schoolmate Sam Powell-Pepper, and will remain until at least the end of 2024.
In his second year at the club, Jackson elevated his game, coming close to breaking into the AFL line-up and being named an AFL emergency on multiple occasions after strong SANFL form.
The left footer averaged 19.3 disposals, 5.7 tackles and 4.7 clearances in 2023 off the back of his first proper pre-season.
The 55th pick in the 2021 AFL National Draft grew up in Crystal Brook in South Australia’s mid-north supporting Port Adelaide.
The 20-year-old’s contract extension will see him remain at the club until at least the end of 2025.
“Hugh has come a long way since we drafted him, having endured hip surgery which interrupted his first pre-season last year,” said List Manager, Jason Cripps.
“He has had an outstanding year as a young midfielder in our SANFL line-up and we look forward to his ongoing development.
“We have also really liked what Quinton has brought in his short time at our club. We like his versatility and his willingness to adapt, and we know he will be better for a full pre-season.”