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Westhoff signs one-year contract extension

Justin Westhoff highlights 2018 - PTV Looking back at Westhoff's 2018 season ahead of the B&F

PORT ADELAIDE utility Justin Westhoff will continue his career at Alberton after signing a one-year contract extension.

The 32-year-old, who is the oldest player on the Power list, will play on for a 13th season after falling just short of his 250-game milestone in 2018.

Westhoff has played 248 games and kicked 291 goals since his debut as a 20-year-old in Round 1, 2007.

Drafted from Central District with pick 71 in the 2006 National Draft, the 200-centimetre forward has developed into one of the most versatile and reliable players on the Power list.

Westhoff played every game in 2018, booting 24 goals and spending increased time in the midfield and ruck.

He currently holds the second-longest streak of consecutive games, having played 123 matches in a row.

His recommitment to the club fends off the lure of free agency, with Westhoff qualified as an unrestricted free agent.

“I’m really happy to be sticking around for another year and hopefully building on something pretty special that I feel we have here,” Westhoff said.

“To still be playing with guys I was drafted with like Travis Boak and Robbie Gray, and to still be playing in my home state into a thirteenth year is really exciting.

“I’ve built some good relationships with people within the club, the club is in pretty good shape list-wise and I think I’m in pretty good shape personally so I’m thrilled to be able to be around a bit longer.”

Port Adelaide General Manager – Football, Chris Davies says Westhoff is a valued member of the club.

“Justin is one of the most reliable players on our list and is willing to play any role that suits the team,” he said.

“His professionalism can’t be questioned and his experience will continue to be extremely valuable for our younger players.

“His 2018 form was nothing short of outstanding and we look forward to him providing that consistency for us again in 2019.”

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