Port Adelaide midfielder Danyle Pearce (pictured) says he’s enjoying taking more of a leadership role at the club in 2017.

The 30 year old Kokatha man is entering his 13th year in the AFL and fifth as a Port player.

With the Port club minus a number of retired stars going into the new season, Pearce says its only natural that he should take more a of a vocal role as the club prepares for the new season.