ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Darcy Byrne-Jones of the Power kicks the ball during the round 18 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Adelaide Oval on July 24, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Darcy Byrne-Jones signs two-year contract extesnion

Port Adelaide youngster Darcy Byrne-Jones has signed a two-year contract extension.

The new deal will see the 20-year-old remain at Alberton until at least the end of the 2018 season.

Byrne-Jones made his debut in Round 3 this season after two years on the Power’s list and has played every game since.

He won a rising star nomination in Round 10 following his 23 possession game against the Demons.

“Playing my first AFL game earlier in the year was a dream come true, and it’s been a thrill getting the chance to go out and play all season,” Byrne-Jones said.

“I’ve learned a lot from my coaches and senior teammates down back, and I’ve still got plenty more to do.

“I’m really happy to be staying around for another two years.”

Coach Ken Hinkley said he has been impressed with the youngster’s commitment and work ethic.

“You know what a player like Darcy is going to give you every time, when he crosses that line he gives you 100 per cent,” Hinkley said.

“I don’t think anyone would say Darce hasn’t earned his place in our team this year, but that comes from two years of really strong, hard work in the SANFL and during pre-season.

“He’s only played his first year of AFL footy, but he handles himself well out there and we’ve been really comfortable with giving him some important jobs to do.”


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