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New Power skipper Rozee signs long-term AFL deal

Connor Rozee has signed an eight-year contract extension with Port Adelaide as he takes over the captaincy from retired defender Tom Jonas.


Connor Rozee of the Power during the AFL Round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Saturday, July 29, 2023. Image AAP

Port Adelaide star Connor Rozee has signed a monster eight-year contract extension and been named captain of the AFL club.


The 23-year-old will be the eighth Power skipper, taking over the No.1 jumper from the recently retired Tom Jonas.


"To be captain of Port Adelaide, a club that is more than 150 years old, is a huge honour," Rozee said.


"It's so humbling to follow in the footsteps of club greats such as Russell Ebert, Gavin Wanganeen, Matthew Primus, Travis Boak, the list just goes on and on.


"To wear the No.1 guernsey is something I'm incredibly proud of and I won't take for granted.


"I feel I'm ready to lead our group moving forward.


"No doubt I'll learn along the way but I know I'll have great support from the rest of my leadership group and also former captains Ollie Wines and Travis Boak."


A two-time All-Australian, Rozee has played 106 games for Port since he was recruited with pick five in the 2018 draft.


Rozee's new deal ties him to the Power until the end of 2032, making him the equal-longest contracted player in the league alongside Western Bulldogs forward Aaron Naughton.


"Since the day I walked into this club I have never wanted to leave, so to commit for what is likely to be my entire career is pleasing," Rozee said.


"I love what this club stands for, I'm so connected to the playing group and coaches, I'm confident of where we are heading and I'm a South Australian, so there's no other club I'd rather call home."


Port coach Ken Hinkley was thrilled to have Rozee commit his long-term future to the club.


"Connor is a generational player and a critical component of our midfield," Hinkley said.


"Connor is going to continue to thrill our members and supporters with the way he plays and most importantly, lead our playing group by what he represents as a person and teammate.


"To have him commit to Port Adelaide for the next eight years is a very exciting day for our whole club."


Rozee will have fellow midfielder Zak Butters as vice-captain, while Sam Powell-Pepper, Dan Houston and Willem Drew have also been named in a new-look Power leadership group.


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