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Primus agrees to extend Power stay

15/09/2009 08:49:11 AM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide assistant coach Matthew Primus has agreed to remain with the AFL club for a further two years.

Former Power captain Primus, 34, declined overtures from interstate before choosing to stay with the Power.

Primus, who joined the coaching panel in 2006, says the opportunity to continue to revamp the Power midfield was a key reason behind his decision to stay at the club which finished 10th this year with a 9-13 win-loss record.

"It is really a changing of the guard at Port Adelaide," Primus said.

"It is often overlooked that we have turned over our list more than any other club in the past three years.

"With young midfield talent like Boak, Gray, Hartlett, Krakouer and Broadbent coming through, plus a group of young key position players aged 24 or under, we are developing our next generation.

"It will take patience, there is plenty of work to do, and there will be frustrations along the way, but we know we are on the right track."

Power coach Mark Williams welcomed Primus's decision.

"Matt has developed into one of the leading midfield coaches in the AFL, as our clearance numbers and scores from clearances will attest," Williams said.

"He is incredibly valuable to this club and its terrific that he is staying at Port Adelaide to work with our young group when he could certainly have gone elsewhere.

"When you sit down and look at our best 25 players, perhaps 22 of them will be around together for at least the next five years, and that's an exciting opportunity for us as a club.

The club is hopeful that its other out-of-contract assistant coach Jason Cripps will also remain with the club as he considers a contract extension offer from the Power.

The Power is also seeking to add an additional assistant coach to its ranks, to join Primus, Cripps and Adam Kingsley.

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