The AFL career of Port Adelaide's games record holder Kane Cornes will extend to a 14th season.
Cornes, 31, a veteran of 260 games, paid tribute to coach Ken Hinkley after agreeing to a one-year contract extension on Tuesday.
"The trust that Kenny has shown in me is great and I feel a real sense of responsibility to play a mentoring type of role to help the younger players not only on game day, but also off the field in any way I can," said the 2004 premiership star.
"I've been here at the club through the really good times when we were a powerhouse and also during times when we've struggled a bit so to still be here in a period where we seem to be building towards something special is very exciting for me.
"It's such a great time to be at the club.
"We're in such a really good place at the moment and it's just a credit to everyone who has been able to transform it so quickly."
The four-time club best and fairest winner will return to the senior side for Sunday's finals-shaping match against the Brisbane Lions after serving a one-match suspension - the first of his long career.
Hinkley said Cornes provided much-needed experience and professionalism to his young squad.
"We don't have many older players in our group and Kane has been fortunate to have played through a very successful period at this club," said Hinkley.
"That is really important when you're trying to bring that successful culture back into a group and Kane plays a vital role in being able to impart that experience and knowledge onto the younger players."
Cornes succeeded former skipper Warren Tredrea as Port's games record holder earlier this season.