Tough midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper has been added to Port Adelaide's leadership group, it was announced this week.
The powerfully built Power star is fresh off one of his most consistent seasons to date, which included a career-high 31 goals across 25 games.
Powell-Pepper said his elevation into the leadership group is one of his 'proudest moments' so far.
"I've done a lot of hard work myself and couldn't be prouder – I felt like I've earned that spot," he said.
"I never really thought this could be an option but I've had a lot of support and a lot of help along the way.
"I feel like I have a lot of pull in the group and a lot of the boys listen to me – I'm more so leading by actions on the field and, and off as well. When I have to speak, I will, but I won't go out of my way, I'm really loving it and I feel like it's a pretty exciting role.
The 26-year-old is in his eighth year at the club having debuted during the 2017 season after being selected with pick 18 in the 2016 AFL Draft.
He played in all 25 games for the club last year taking his overall tally to 139 appearances.
Powell-Pepper said that he has taken plenty of advice from coach Ken Hinkley about his leadership style.
"I think the one thing that Kenny said to me was that I'm not a very talkative person, but when I do speak, people listen," he said.
"Not only that, just the way I go in the gym, the way I go out on the pitch as well, I go my hardest, and I think Kenny understands that people follow that as well.
"So I feel like that's probably why they probably chose me to be part of the leadership group.
Port Adelaide finished the minor rounds in third position before bowing out of last year's finals series in straight sets with consecutive losses to Brisbane and Greater Western Sydney.
However, Powell-Pepper remains confident that they have the players to go deeper into September.
"I think I think we're the next core group that's going to take this team forward. I've been here from the start (of my career)…so it's pretty special."