PORT ADELAIDE midfielder Zak Butters has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain at Alberton until at least the end of 2026.
Already contracted for next season, the creative ball winner said he was excited to commit to the club.
“I’m rapt to be staying on here at Port Adelaide for at least the next three seasons,” Butters said.
“It was an easy decision in the end. This club gave me my opportunity to play the game I love at the highest level and I want to repay their faith.
“I have formed great friendships within the playing group and I’m very close to Ken and the coaching group.
“I’ve got enormous confidence where our young group is heading and I’m settled in Adelaide so in the end it was a pretty straight forward decision.”
Butters was drafted with pick 12 at the 2018 National Draft and has played 93 games in five seasons for the Power after making his debut in Round 1 2019 against Melbourne at the MCG.
A leg injury in early 2021 stifled Butter’s progress but since returning from injury he has played 45 games in the last two seasons.
Butters enjoyed an outstanding 2023 season claiming the prestigious AFL Coaches’ Award as well as Port Adelaide’s John Cahill Medal as the club’s best-and-fairest.
He also ranked equal fourth in this year’s Brownlow Medal with 27 votes.
Port Adelaide List Manager Jason Cripps said the club was delighted to secure Butters’ signature.
“Zak is fast emerging as one of the elite midfielders in the competition and we are thrilled that he has extended his contract until at least the end of 2026,” Cripps said.
“His last season was exceptional and he leads the way for our young group both on-field and off-field in the way he trains and prepares.
“Zak is a key component within our young midfield group that will be very exciting to watch for our members and supporters in the coming years.
“Zak is a great character and an emerging young leader and we are delighted that Alberton will remain his home.”