Port Adelaide youngster Xavier Walsh has extended his time at the club, penning a two-year extension which will take him until the end of 2026.

Walsh arrived at the Power as Pick 13 in the 2023 Rookie Draft and has quickly cemented a position down back in the SANFL side.

Following the likes of Jackson Mead re-signing earlier in the week, the utility is a highly-touted footballer who can be used at both ends of the ground.

The left-footer said he is grateful for the chance to remain at Alberton for another two years.

“I've really enjoyed my time at Port Adelaide so far,” Walsh said.

“I'm learning all the time and feel like I'm getting better as a footballer. The coaches have been so good to learn from and the playing group have helped make the transition smooth for me. 

“I am really excited to keep developing and growing and will hopefully get my chance at AFL level in the future.” 

List Manager Jason Cripps stated he looks forward to seeing Walsh continue to develop in an AFL environment.  

“Since arriving at Port Adelaide, Xavier has shown a commitment to learning and a desire to improve,” Cripps said. 

“His contest work and athleticism have been impressive in the SANFL this year and he works hard at training to grow as an athlete. 

“We can see how much this opportunity means to him and we look forward to seeing what's to come for him.” 

Walsh has averaged 10.3 disposals, 4.0 marks, 1.7 tackles and 3.8 rebound 50s in his 10 SANFL outings in 2024.