Port Adelaide forward Mitch Georgiades revealed his intention to stay at Port Adelaide for the foreseeable future as the he picked up his second NAB AFL Rising Star nomination last weekend.
Georgiades, who was nominated in round nine last year, received the round five honour after his three-goal performance against Carlton on Saturday night.
In his 11th senior game, the 19-year-old also gathered a career-high 15 disposals and took five marks in his side’s 28-point win over the Blues.
In a media appearance on Tuesday, Georgiades said he has no intention to go back to his home town in Western Australia.
“It was the best thing for me to get out of Perth and experience life elsewhere. Port Adelaide is home for me,” Georgiades said.
“All the boys and staff, the whole community, have made me feel welcome and I have loved every minute of it.”
Asked if he was now Port Adelaide “through and through”, Mitch replied: “absolutely.”
Reporter: “No temptation to ever head back [to WA]?”
Mitch: “Nup. I fit in so well between living with Ryan Burton, absolutely love it there… I’m no prospect to go home.”
The Greek Australian was praised by Melbourne champion Garry Lyon on the weekend for his great score involvements, as well as hits points on the board.
“He takes his opportunities … it’s a really good body of work for a second key forward,” Lyon said on Fox Footy.
“As important for me is he‘s playing on Liam Jones, who’s been in absolutely incredible form as a defender. Liam Jones has had two possessions.
“He‘s been having 15 and 13 intercepts over the last couple of weeks; he’s got his hands full with Georgiades, which speaks to me of a player who’s moving really well, who’s moving his defender around, he’s not static or an easy target.
Georgiades is signed with Port Adelaide until the end of 2023.