In great news for Port Adelaide Sam Powell- Pepper has signed a contract extension that will see the 19 year old remain at Alberton until at least the end of 2020.
The initial contract for the Western Australian still had another year to run until the end of 2018 but the Power was keen to tie up an extension for the midfielder who has already had a massive impact at AFL level in his first year.
Port Adelaide management has certainly not rushed into contract talks with players this year despite reports the club had 17 listed players out of contract at season's end.
Mixed output from players on long-term contracts and two underwhelming seasons has certainly led to a more cautious list management approach.
Most importantly however the Collective Bargaining Agreement has been finalised and AFL clubs now know the total spend they have available for next year and beyond.
The new agreement will see the salary cap increase from $10.37m to $12.45 million in 2018. This will increase every year until 2022 and will be capped at $13.54m.
The pay rise will see the average AFL wage increase to $371,000. Handy timing if you are an AFL player wanting to negotiate a new deal.
The impact of Powell-Pepper in his first year cannot be undervalued. He has played all 13 games so far this season and is averaging an impressive 17.4 disposals per game. The midfielder is one of the bookies favourites to take out the rising star award.
Compared to the other nominees Powell-Pepper is ranked #1 for inside 50s, contested possessions, tackles and clearances and the midfielder has certainly endeared himself to the Power faithful with his ferocious attack on the ball and the opposition.
In further good news developing big man Billy Frampton has also signed a contract extension until the end of 2019.
The coming weeks will no doubt see a flurry of activity across the AFL. Last week Kane Cornes declared Port is also close to announcing new deals for Brad Ebert and Jack Hombsch.