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Port a happy family, says Ebert

By Daniel Brettig 02/06/2009 07:22:36 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide forward Brett Ebert insists the Power's players and coaches are working as well together as at any time in his seven years at the AFL club.

Terry Wallace's looming departure from Richmond could signal the start of a frenzied game of musical chairs among coaches, with Port's coach Mark Williams a favourite to take over at Tigerland since he is out of contract at the year's end.

This, coupled with Port's indifferent displays so far this season, most recently a loss to Collingwood that was brought about by a non-competitive third quarter, may lead to an unsettled feel around the club.

But Ebert denied uncertainty was creeping into the minds of the players and coaching staff.

"Yeah definitely," Ebert said on Tuesday when asked whether the coaching dynamic was a healthy one at present.

"Mark's been great, I've had him as senior coach the whole time and just the way he mentors the players and gets the best out of them, that's what you want from a coach, and along with the assistants who do their role as well.

"We've played some good footy but just little bits let us down, some quarters let us down here and there and we've got to fix that.

"You can't win playing three quarters."

Ebert said speculation surrounding Williams' future at the club wasn't affecting the players.

"We'll just wait and see, Choco's a great coach, the guys, as they've said in the media, love having him around," he said.

"He's a great mentor for the young guys and the way he's worked with our squad and he's great with the whole list, and I'd love to see him there (next year).

"We've got to work as a team together and keep him there and do everything we can.

"But he's a great coach, along with the assistants we love having him there."

Port must find a way to replace the sizeable hole left by Chad Cornes this week after he underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.

"It's tough, Chad's one of our great leaders, inspirational during the game, before the game and during the week," Ebert said.

"We've got some young guys playing well in the SANFL, Matthew Broadbent's playing well, Jason Davenport's back there, he's played a couple of games for us, we've got a few guys who can come in."

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