Hinkley pens new Port deal

13 January 2021 19:27:36 GMTPlus11

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has penned a two-year contract extension with the club ahead of the 2021 AFL campaign.

The deal represents a huge turnaround for Hinkley, who was under pressure this time last year as the Power failed to make finals in four of the previous five years.

However Port had an outstanding 2020 season when marching to the minor premiership before losing the preliminary final to eventual grand final winners Richmond.

Port are expected to be in the mix again and chairman David Koch says Hinkley is the man to take the club forward.

"At Port Adelaide, we exist to win premierships and our people have high expectations, which we wholeheartedly embrace going into 2021," Koch said.

"Ken has built a culture within our football program of care and connection. You could see how much the players were playing for each other and for Ken last season, and how much Ken savoured the success of his team.

"We think in Ken, his coaching group, the football department and our players, we have the ingredients to achieve the ultimate success, and we look forward to seeing that play out over the next three years."

Meanwhile Hinkley, who will now stay in charge until the end of 2023, has been spurred on by last year's near miss and is determined to come back even stronger.

"We're embracing the challenge of delivering sustained success for our people," Hinkley said.
"That is what I crave as a coach of this playing group. I want this for our players and I want this for our community.

"We fell agonisingly short in our 150th year and that hurts. But I know our playing group and entire club has a burning desire to go further in 2021."

Port are priced at 8/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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