LOGAN EVANS has become Port Adelaide’s newest AFL player, with the young defender selected at pick 12 in Wednesday’s mid-season rookie draft. 

The 18-year-old has been connected to Port Adelaide this year through the SANFL Rookie Program, which has allowed him to train with the AFL side and benefit from the experience of an elite sporting environment. 

Despite being overlooked in last year’s national draft, Evans impressed with his speed and leap in the 2023 draft combine, placing among the top three in the running vertical jump (88cm) and 20-metre sprint (3.063 seconds). 

Arriving at Alberton by way of former club Norwood, Evans played a mix of both league and reserves football throughout 2023 for the Redlegs.  


Since joining Port Adelaide, Evans has played four SANFL matches, averaging 15.3 disposals and 4.5 marks, before a back injury sidelined him in late April. 

Now back at full fitness, the smart ball-user is ready for an opportunity at the top level, with his clean hands and intercepting ability key features of his game.  

“Logan has trained well with our AFL playing group this year and has impressed us with his ability to read the ball and compete aerially,” National Recruiting Manager Geoff Parker said. 

“He’s a versatile footballer with a neat kick and plenty of offensive talent. Logan is a mature 18-year-old with good character, who has already proven to be a great cultural fit. 

“We are pleased to offer Logan the opportunity to join an AFL list, especially with the hard work he’s put in since being overlooked in the national draft.” 

Previously, Port Adelaide has chosen Cam Sutcliffe (2019), Jed McEntee (2021), Brynn Teakle (2022) and Quinton Narkle (2023) in the mid-season rookie draft. 

Logan Evans 
DOB: 07/10/2005 
Height: 189cm 
Club: Port Adelaide (SANFL)/Norwood 
Position: Defender