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Power return to scene of Cats massacre

By Daniel Brettig 27/08/2008 06:38:51 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide will return to the MCG on Saturday for the first time since their 119-point humiliation by Geelong in last year's grand final.

They will do so a much diminished club, well out of finals contention and leaking off-field staff and supporters like a sieve.

Senior coach Mark Williams is under contract for next season but yet to hear what the club's new chief executive Mark Haysman and president Brett Duncanson have in store for the future, be it a longer term deal or a quick exit.

Either way, hard nut Tom Logan said the Power team that took the field against North Melbourne on Saturday would not be spooked by memories of what befell them at the MCG last September.

"It feels like forever since we played there last and we're just excited about going back there and playing, we won't be thinking about last time we played there, we'll just be thinking about this week," he said.

"It's the first game we've played there this year and it was almost a year ago we played there last, so I don't think there's any psychological barrier there."

Logan said the departures of the president, chief executive, financial officer, commercial operations manager and media manager over the past season had not made much of a difference to Alberton.

"The people that have gone in the last few weeks or this year have been fantastic for the club and they've done their roles great and we're sad to see them go," he said.

"But in saying that there'll be people coming into their positions and they'll be expected to do just as well."

Though there are numerous players on the fringes of Port's list with one round to go, each looking for a final chance to press their case for retention, Logan could not foresee too many changes to the side that thumped Melbourne at AAMI Stadium last week.

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