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Contract resolution imminent: Williams

10/07/2009 06:19:33 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams is not sure what is fuelling sustained speculation out of Melbourne about the progress of his contract and expects to sign his new deal with the AFL club soon.

The Victorian media, much more than in Adelaide, have maintained the view that Williams' chances of accepting a cut-price, revised-conditions deal to remain at Alberton for the next two years are tenuous at best.

But Williams appears less perturbed in public by the likely dimensions of his contract and said on Friday the two parties are inching closer to the finish line, following his manager Ricky Nixon's presentation of a revised deal earlier this week.

"The media or the general public would think we're spending a lot of time on this, but the fact is all of us - whether it's the administration, (Port chief executive) Mark Haysman or myself - we've got so many other things to do it just pops in when we can get to it," Williams said.

"I would expect it'll be resolved very soon."

Williams is also patiently awaiting the conclusion of a lengthy injury lay-off for brilliant centreman Shaun Burgoyne, who has not played since complaining of a knee problem in round three.

Initially thought to be a minor complaint, Burgoyne's recovery was setback by a diagnosis of bone bruising, but Williams now expects to see the master clearance winner back in action within three weeks.

"Shaun Burgoyne's our best player, so you take the best player out of any side and that would show the influence he will have when he comes back into our team," Williams said.

"It might not be the first week or two, but if we can get him back it will be a significant influence on our game and our results and it also helps Peter (Burgoyne) or David Rodan because it draws so much attention away from them and to him.

"I wouldn't like to get everyone excited about it but we would hope in two or three weeks he'll be playing."

Port have recalled Chad Cornes and Michael Pettigrew for their Sunday match-up with Melbourne in place of Danny Meyer and the suspended Troy Chaplin.

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