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Port's Brogan contemplates retirement

Steve Larkin 25/05/2011 04:41:18 PM Comments (0)

Evergreen ruckman Dean Brogan could soon trigger an exodus of senior players at Port Adelaide.

The 32-year-old warhorse is tipped to retire at season's end, with veteran Chad Cornes certain to follow.

Other experienced players including Kane Cornes, Daniel Motlop and Brett Ebert also face uncertain futures amid the Power's rebuilding campaign.

Brogan, who described himself as a day-to-day proposition due to a lingering achilles injury, will consider his future within weeks.

"It is pretty obvious we need to get some ruckmen in, our younger guys haven't come along as quickly as what we hoped," Brogan said on Wednesday.

"I'm not sure personally where I stand next year.

"I will probably sit down and have that conversation with the club over the next couple of weeks.

"But it's not about me or any individual at the moment, it's about where the club is heading."

" ... You want to play on forever but there will come time.

"And we all know where the club is going and that they're going with youth and it's all about the future."

Port Adelaide, last on the ladder, meet Richmond in Darwin on Saturday night with Brogan urging the entire club to embrace new coach Matthew Primus' rebuilding vision.

"The club has chosen a direction and Matty has chosen a path they want to go down, and everyone needs to be fully supportive of that," Brogan said.

"This happens to a lot of clubs, it has happened to probably every club.

"We are getting there, it's just taking a lot longer than what we thought."

Despite the lean times, Brogan said Port supporters should stay loyal.

"We have had a lot of success over the years for a club that has been in the league not very long," he said.

"We are just going through a phase now.

"If you are going to jump off now, don't jump back on when we are going well.

"We are going to go well pretty soon, I guarantee it, we're going to turn the corner very soon."

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