It’s been a massive week for Deniliquin teenager Todd Marshall.
The 19-year-old not only signed a two-year extension on his contract with Port Adelaide, but also played a crucial role for the Power in their impressive 23-point win over the Sydney Swans away from home in round two on Easter Sunday.
Marshall was Port Adelaide’s first selection, pick number 16 overall, in the 2016 National Draft.
The forward made his debut against the Western Bulldogs in Round 22 last year and has solidified his spot in the Power’s best 22 since then.
The former Deni Rams junior said he was glad to have contract talks out of the way early in the season.
‘‘I was never going to leave Port,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘I wanted to get the contact talks out of the way and just focus on my footy.
‘‘It’s good to know that I’ll still be here for another three seasons because the club has been fantastic with me and I just love it here.’’
Port Adelaide overcame a 14-point deficit at half time to stun the Swans on Sunday, with Marshall having a massive influence on the outcome.
The 198cm forward top scored for the Power for the second week in a row, kicking 3.1, as well as having eight score involvements.
At the final siren Marshall had finished up with 12 possessions (nine contested), three marks and two inside 50s after spending just 52 per cent of the match on the field.
‘‘It was good for us to get over a top side like Sydney,’’ he said.
‘‘We put a fair bit of hype around the game.
‘‘We had a disappointing first half and we discussed at half time that we were probably trying to be a bit cute with the ball which wasn’t suiting the conditions.
‘‘We made a big effort to just move the ball forward and trap it in there.
‘‘We have a quality forward line and we pride ourselves on our forward craft.’’
Marshall’s biggest impact came in the third term, kicking two goals within three minutes.
The Power forward was referred to as a ‘‘danger man’’ by commentator and 1988 Brownlow medallist Gerard Healy following his third goal, where he took a strong contested mark against veteran defender Heath Grundy on the behind line.
After a score review confirmed Marshall had marked the ball in the field of play, he lined up on a tight angle, snapping on his non-preferred left boot for a goal.
‘‘It was lucky there were no defenders on the line because I didn’t mean to kick it that low,’’ Marshall said of the goal.
‘‘At training I’ve hit that shot much better off the boot, but it went through so I’ll take it.
‘‘It was a great experience to line up against the likes of Heath Grundy. With Dicko (Charlie Dixon) playing in the ruck it was just how the match-ups turned out.
‘‘I’m confident that I know how to cope with playing on experienced defenders.
‘‘At training I’m in one on one contests with the likes of Tom Jonas and Dougal Howard so that helps me prepare for match day.’’