PORT ADELAIDE youngster Xavier Duursma has felt right at home, ever since his name was read out by the Power on draft night.
Duursma signed a two-year contract extension on Tuesday, which will link him to the club until the end of 2021, and the exciting 19-year-old said it was an easy decision.
“It was pretty awesome for the club to draft me in the start,” Duursma told SEN SA’s Breakfast program.
“I am loving my time here and it was a very easy decision to sign on. I’m really enjoying it so far - it’s got a great feel about it.
“They’ve made me feel comfortable in the environment and they’ve made it feel home straight away, which has been great.
“Credit to the guys at the club and all of the players because I’ve loved every minute of it, and I’m happy to be signing on.”
The Gippsland Power product has had a number of quality players to look up since his arrival at Alberton, but there have been three in particular who have taken Duursma under their wing.
“My mentor at the start of the year was Steven Motlop who has been great,” Duursma said.
“The experience he has had in the AFL - he’s been fantastic. He’s been a good player for a long time, so it was great to have his expertise early on. He just encourages me to take the game on.
“I’ve got Karl Amon as a mentor now - he’s been playing some really good footy, and great to have him back out there on the weekend.
“Travis Boak also, he’s just been fantastic. Setting a professional mindset. Helping me do all the little things here and there. Doing all the things of a leader, like he has done for a long time now.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the three guys, and everyone at the whole club really.”
Duursma has always been linked with fellow 2018 first-round draftees Connor Rozee and Zak Butters, and the running machine says the connection between the three has had a positive impact on all of them.
“We’ve got a very good chemistry going on and off the field,” Duursma said.
“We spend a lot of time together as well - a few trips away together. We get along with each other well, which helps our footy.
“It’s good fun - there are times when Zak is annoying and mischievous but it’s always good fun to have them around.”