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Cornes' signature ray of light for Power

By Daniel Brettig 09/08/2006 07:12:06 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide has offered a morsel of good news at the end of a desolate AFL season when it announced the re-signing of arguably its most influential player, Chad Cornes.

Among the most respected - and demonstrative - players in the AFL, vice-captain Cornes has signed until the end of 2009, and has expressed his desire to remain with Port until the end of his career.

"They have showed faith in me and I would like to show some back, it will probably make me a one-club man which I'm proud of," he said.

"There are not too many guys who play their career at the one club - when I first came here that's what I set out to do, and it's amazing how it has all turned out...

"I will be 29 (when the contract is up), and I hope I will have two or three years after that."

Part of Cornes' motivation for a long-term deal was his commitment to sticking out an immediate future that appears bleak.

In keeping with his reputation for competitiveness, the All-Australian utility is one Port player less than pleased with the club's current six-game losing streak.

"We are really not happy where we are at the moment," he said.

"A month ago I said I was really excited about the rest of the season and the challenge we had, but it hasn't worked out too well.

"Six weeks without a win is embarrassing ... we are trying to do everything we can about it."

Port's next match is in the tropical environs of Darwin against a Western Bulldogs side honing itself for the finals.

It is a fair measure of how far the Power has fallen that two years ago the two sides played in the same city at the same time of the season, and Port administered an 86-point pounding.

"When we played up there a couple of years ago it was great fun, we had a good win which helped, but we were able to lay by the pool for a couple of hours after the game which didn't hurt either," Cornes said.

"The temperature was 28 or 29 which I am very happy with."

This weekend it would take a hugely optimistic supporter to tip the Power, particularly after the Bulldogs romped to a 76-point victory at AAMI Stadium in round seven.

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