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Suns recruit Krakouer apologises to Port

By Laine Clark 01/09/2010 02:44:48 PM Comments (0)

Historic Gold Coast Suns recruit Nathan Krakouer has apologised to a "disappointed" Port Adelaide for the manner of his departure.

The 22-year-old utility's remorse came after he and Adelaide key defender Nathan Bock were officially unveiled as Suns recruits on Wednesday.

The pair have signed lucrative three-year deals, making them the first players to join the Suns under the clause which allows them to recruit a maximum of one uncontracted player from each of the 16 existing clubs.

While the Gold Coast couldn't have been happier, Port were clearly unimpressed with the way the Krakouer saga had unfolded.

The Power said the first they had officially heard about his departure was when they were called by Suns CEO Travis Auld at 9.30am (AEST) on Wednesday - barely an hour before Krakouer fronted a Gold Coast press conference.

They said they were not informed by Krakouer or his manager despite repeated enquiries.

"The football world accepts that clubs will lose players to the expansion teams," Port football operations manager Peter Rohde said.

"But given the commitment our football club has made to Nathan's development and welfare over the last four years, we are very disappointed at the way the matter has been handled in recent weeks."

Asked if the situation could have been dealt with better, Krakouer told AAP: "I guess it could have, but I don't really want to talk about that any more.

"I apologise for the way things happened but I am here now and I am looking forward to the future with the Gold Coast."

Asked when the deal had been sealed, Krakouer said: "I can't really comment on that but when I was at Port Adelaide football club that's all I was concentrating on - football.

"I basically can't wait to get all this media stuff out of the way and start focussing on myself and get everything sorted and start the pre-season."

Auld would not comment on how talks had unfolded with either Krakouer or Bock.

"We certainly won't divulge details about the hows and the whens of how we recruited these guys - I think that is only fair on them," he said.

"In saying that, we will always construct our list in accordance with the rules, rules put together by the list build strategy of the AFL and consisting of members of each of the 16 clubs."

Bock, 27, had revealed earlier this month he was joining the Suns.

He played 113 games for Adelaide and won the Crows' best and fairest award and All Australian selection in 2008.

Krakouer played 40 games for the Power.

The Suns can officially start offering contracts from this week - if they are from the eight non-finalist clubs.

Auld did not mind speculation swirling around their roster but he would not comment on possible signings - especially those still involved in the AFL finals.

"There is an enormous amount of speculation, we understand that," Auld said.

"What we will not do is continue to talk about negotiations and where they are at.

"We understand there's pressure to make announcements. We will continue the process and for the teams competing in the finals we don't want to create any distraction."

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