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Cornes' AFL career not over, says Primus

By Steve Larkin 23/07/2010 07:11:34 PM Comments (0)

The AFL career of Port Adelaide utility Chad Cornes isn't over despite again being shunned by selectors, Power caretaker coach Matthew Primus says.

Port made six changes for Sunday's showdown against Adelaide, but 30-year-old Cornes was again overlooked.

Cornes will play his second consecutive match in the SANFL, but Primus was adamant the veteran was still a wanted player at Port.

"Chad's form (for SANFL club Glenelg) was okay on the weekend, but we want to see a little bit more from him," Primus said on Friday.

"It made it a little bit difficult with him playing onball (at Glenelg) because we wanted to see him down back.

"But he held himself well, went back with the right attitude and gave a pretty good effort.

"Chad does have to get back into some form, but by no means has he already been stamped away from this club.

"He's too good a player and has too much pride to let that happen."

Cornes, who is contracted until the end of next season, has been named an emergency for Sunday's clash.

Only two of Port's six changes were forced: a shoulder injury to creative halfback Steven Salopek and the suspension to Daniel Motlop - who Primus said would have been dropped for poor form anyway.

Primus omitted Jay Nash, Scott Harding, Jason Davenport and Jackson Trengove while recalling Travis Boak, Robbie Gray, Matt Thomas, Daniel Stewart, Alipate Carlile and 19-year-old Andrew Moore, who will make his AFL debut.

"We'll make as many changes as we need until we get the right 22 to compete for us and eventually get us over the line for a win," Primus said.

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