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Port Adelaide star to become full-time midfielder in 2022


Zak Butters has burst onto the scene in his first three years in the AFL, making an All-Australian squad playing as a high half-forward pushing into the midfield.

Going into his fourth season, the 21-year-old is keen to now make the transition into a more permanent midfield role, alongside the likes of Ollie Wines, Travis Boak and Willem Drew.

Butters averaged 19 disposals per game in 2021, though a foot injury left him only able to play 12 games.

“That’s my goal this off-season, I’m going to be a full-time midfielder this year in the off-season,” Butters told SEN SA Drive.

“That’s something I’m really looking forward to and growing in that space and becoming a better midfielder and hopefully applying my strengths to the team in there which is my speed and being clean under pressure.

“Hopefully I can add to that midfield with Ollie Wines and Travis Boak and Willem Drew.

“I’ve just got to get better at contests and stoppage stuff and just get my stoppage craft right, but I think I can add some great strengths to our midfield and putting my best foot forward there and hopefully making us a better team.”

Midfield depth is something the Power could use in 2022, following the retirement of veteran Tom Rockliff.

Port Adelaide will travel to Queensland to take on Brisbane in Round 1 next season.

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