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I'm staying at Port, says Kane Cornes

Steve Larkin 09/05/2011 04:22:29 PM Comments (0)

Kane Cornes wants to remain at Port Adelaide while demanding his brother Chad be treated with respect in his AFL twilight.

The Cornes brothers have been dropped by Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus this season, both struggling to adjust to new roles.

Their links with ex-Power coach Mark Williams, now a Greater Western Sydney assistant, led to speculation of a trade for the 28-year-old Kane Cornes.

"It is probably the last place I would go to play my footy," he said on Monday.

"I have got three young kids, my eldest starts school next year, so really settled in Adelaide.

"I'd certainly prefer to finish here.

"That is what I was so rapt about when I signed the contract last year, it would take me into my 30s and allow me to finish at this great club that I have had so many great times at."

Cornes said his 31-year-old brother Chad, currently playing in the SANFL, deserved respect.

"What is important to remember with Chad, if he's not the greatest player to play for this club, he's certainly in the top two," he said, nominating ex-captain Warren Tredrea the other.

"Whilst his accolades don't read quite like Warren's, no-one has played with the passion and the courage and has put his body through what he has done for this footy club.

"He's probably the greatest player to ever play for this club, so I hope it's remembered that is the case with Chad, whatever happens for the rest of the year."

Cornes, renowned as a master tagger yet recast a half-back by Primus, was demoted for two weeks, ending his club record 174 consecutive games.

"A couple of years ago I would have thought it was the end of the world, getting dropped," he said.

"But certainly it has been a good challenge for me, my life is in a good place at the moment, I have got a really well balanced life.

"My form wasn't good enough, the side was losing, I went back and had some things to work on.

"I did that and I have come back in ... it only makes you stronger.

"It has been explained, and I understand, that it's better for the side moving forward that we give some other guys opportunities in the centre square and through the midfield.

"I have got my head around that."

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