JUSTIN WESTHOFF will enter his 14th pre-season in November after the Port Adelaide veteran triggered a contract extension to remain at the club for another year.
Westhoff – who recently turned 33 – has played 268 AFL games since making his debut in 2007, including 20 in 2019.
The club’s 2018 John Cahill Medallist as best and fairest has booted 303 goals throughout his career, operating as a forward, wingman and most recently in defence.
“Justin is a unique player because of his versatility and experience,” said General Manager – Football, Chris Davies.
“That he remains physically able to compete at the age of 33 is a credit to the way he has prepared and dedicated himself to his football.
“Justin is a highly-rated teammate and a fantastic person to have around the club and we’re thrilled to have him remain at Alberton for season 2020.”
Westhoff is one of six players to recommit to the Power this week, joining defenders Darcy Byrne-Jones, Trent McKenzie and Martin Frederick, midfielder Cam Sutcliffe and forward Tobin Cox.
As announced earlier today, Byrne-Jones has extended his time at Alberton by a further three years, having recorded a career-best season in which he finished runner-up best and fairest.
Already contracted for 2020, the 24-year-old inked an extension which will see him remain with the club until the end of 2023.
McKenzie became one of the most reliable defenders in the SANFL in 2019, earning an AFL call-up for the Power’s round 23 game against Fremantle to make it 108 games for his career.
The 27-year-old won the Max Porter Memorial League Most Consistent award for Port Adelaide’s SANFL side at the club’s best and fairest night last week.
Sutcliffe was Port Adelaide’s historic first selection at the 2019 mid-season rookie draft.
The former Fremantle Docker played five AFL games in 2019, taking his career tally to 109 games, as well as being Port Adelaide’s captain in the SANFL.
After impressing with his ability to play a number of roles, the 27-year-old has earned another rookie contract.
Cox will also remain a rookie, having performed admirably in his first season at Alberton.
The 20-year-old booted 30 goals in 15 SANFL games, displaying clean hands and a beautiful set shot.
19-year-old Frederick will retain his category B rookie status.
The dashing defender played 20 games in his first year of league football, averaging 15 disposals at 90% efficiency.
He earned a goal of the year nomination for his first league goal – a coast-to-coast effort against West Adelaide which started with him taking possession on half back.
Previously re-contracted ruckman Peter Ladhams and defender Jarrod Lienert have been upgraded off the rookie list onto Port Adelaide’s primary list.