PORT ADELAIDE utility Xavier Wash has signed a two-year contract extension, taking him through to the end of 2026. 

Walsh becomes the second Port Adelaide player to ink a fresh contract this week, with mid-forward Jackson Mead also putting pen to paper. 

Arriving at Alberton with pick 13 in the 2023 rookie draft, Walsh has featured mainly in the backline in his 10 SANFL games. 

His versatility allows him to play at both ends of the ground, with the 18-year-old impacting with two goals in Sunday’s win over North Adelaide. 

Prior to being drafted, he represented Western Australia in under 16s and under 18s and has since shown that his abilities can translate to the next level.  

Xavier Walsh has impressed in his first year at Alberton, earning himself a two-year contract extension. Image: Matt Sampson.

List Manager Jason Cripps looks forward to seeing Walsh continue to develop in an AFL environment.  

“Since arriving at Port Adelaide, Xavier has shown a commitment to learning and a desire to improve,” Cripps said. 

“His contest work and athleticism have been impressive in the SANFL this year and he works hard at training to grow as an athlete. 

“We can see how much this opportunity means to him and we look forward to seeing what’s to come for him.” 

Standing tall at 195 centimetres, Walsh is powerful, attacks the ball hard and is a strong overhead mark.  

The East Perth left-footer is grateful for the chance to remain at Alberton for another two years. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Port Adelaide so far,” Walsh said. 

“I’m learning all the time and feel like I’m getting better as a footballer. The coaches have been so good to learn from and the playing group have helped make the transition smooth for me. 

“I am really excited to keep developing and growing and will hopefully get my chance at AFL level in the future.”