Port rookie Byrne-Jones inks new AFL deal

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Port rookie Byrne-Jones inks new AFL deal

Port Adelaide have locked away impressive rookie Darcy Byrne-Jones for another two years.

Byrne-Jones has held his place in the team since debuting in round three and looms as an important player in the Power’s future with his impressive work off half-back.

The 20-year-old, who gathered an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 10, has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Alberton Oval until the end of 2018.

“Playing my first AFL game earlier in the year was a dream come true and its been a thrill getting the chance to go out and play all season,” he said on Wednesday.

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

Byrne-Jones has been a rare shining light for the Power this season, averaging 16 disposals, three marks and two inside-50s per game.

Port coach Ken Hinkley said the youngster had already been trusted with defending some of the competition’s best small forwards.

“You know what a player like Darcy is going to give you every time,” Hinkley said.

“When he crosses that line he gives you 100 per cent.

“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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