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Salopek to stay at Port Adelaide

24/09/2010 01:14:18 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide midfielder Steven Salopek has committed himself to the AFL club for a further three years, penning a deal worth almost $1 million.

The 25-year-old, who was chased by several Victorian clubs during the final series, had contemplated a return to his home state for family reasons, but said on Friday going home could wait until after football.

"We took plenty of time because this was really a family lifestyle decision for me and (his wife) Alice and both our families," Salopek said.

"While it was a hard decision, we really like Adelaide and what we have here and we love the players and staff at the club.

"It was never a decision about football, because I just love the Port Adelaide footy club and where it's heading."

Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus said the club was pleased Salopek had recommitted to the Power.

"At 25 and with 100 games under his belt he's now set for his best years of his football life and will be an important part of our young midfield rotation," he said.

"Sal is also a quality young man with great values in life and that is important for us and the culture we are building here."

Salopek underwent a shoulder reconstruction after round 16 this year but is back running and bike riding.

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