ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: Mitch Georgiades of the Power peppers to kick during the 2022 AFL Round 15 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval on June 26, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is "extremely confident" young forward Mitch Georgriades is satisfied with life at Alberton, while veteran sharpshooter and free agent Charlie Dixon is also expected to re-sign later this year.

The Power will turn their retention attention toward Georgiades in the back half of this season after locking away in-form defender Miles Bergman to a new two-year deal this week, with the Victorian turning down significant interest from clubs looking to lure the 21-year-old back to his home state.

St Kilda, Essendon and Collingwood were named among the clubs with an eye on Bergman, who instead recommitted to Port Adelaide off the back of a breakout start to this season.

Bergman looms as a pivotal piece in Hinkley's plans to secure an elusive flag, emerging as one of the competition's best young interceptors, while Georgiades will go a long way for the club's future in attack.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Hinkley said the retention of Bergman was tremendous for the club, who have often been forced to tussle with the go-home factor for their brigade of Victorian players.

"It's just an outstanding result for our Football Club when you consistently see young people want to stay," Hinkley said of Bergman's re-signing.

"It says a lot around what Port Adelaide stand for and I think culturally and the values of our Football Club stand up pretty strongly most of the time, and that's another example of it I think.

"I'm always honest enough to say that with any of the young Victorians and interstate players the pull of family is real. We got Jason (Horne-Francis) back, so that's something that you have to actually understand.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 03: Miles Bergman of the Power in action during the 2023 AFL Round 12 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Hawthorn Hawks at Adelaide Oval on June 3, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

"We're never going to be totally immune from that. We're going to, at some stage, face that challenge ourselves, we lost Karl (Amon) last year for wanting to return home.

"Most of the time, if you've given them the environment that they'll thrive in and play good football in, they usually find a way to stay."

Georgiades, who hails from Western Australia, remains off-contract in 2023 and is currently in rehabilitation following a ruptured ACL that was sustained in April.

The young forward has been touted as a player of interest for WA and Victorian clubs this year given his contract status, while Port Adelaide will be hoping to have the young goalkicker on their books in 2024.

Hinkley said all parties involved in contract discussions with Georgiades won't look to rush to a decision, with his recovery a priority.

"As I said, we've seen examples of our players wanting to stay and Mitch is slightly different based on the fact he's now got a serious knee injury that he's dealing with," Hinkley said.

"We need to give him the fullness of time to make sure he's got all the information he needs. Let's let him recover from his knee.

"It's not rushed for Mitch and it's not rushed from us as a club, but we're extremely confident that Mitch loves being at our footy club."

Georgiades could be in line for greater opportunities at AFL level away from the Power, having been demoted to the SANFL before his setback due to Hinkley's riches of key forwards in Dixon, Todd Marshall, Jeremy Finlayson and Ollie Lord.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: Mitch Georgiades of the Power peppers to kick during the 2022 AFL Round 15 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval on June 26, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Dixon's future isn't as clear on paper, with the restricted free agent yet to sign on the dotted line, however Hinkley stated he would be "staggered" if the 198-gamer wasn't to be wearing black, white and teal next year

"I would've thought (that Dixon will re-sign)," Hinkley said. 

"Charlie's at a stage of his career where once he works through the rest of the year (he'll make a decision). Those more senior players they clearly get done probably later in the year.

"I'd be staggered if Charlie Dixon wasn't playing next year."