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Port coach says he still enjoyed poor year

Steve Larkin 03/09/2011 01:52:32 PM Comments (0)

Another loss and Port Adelaide will be whacked with the wooden spoon, but coach Matthew Primus says he's still enjoyed the AFL season.

Port will finish last on the ladder if defeated by Melbourne on Sunday in the first AFL game played at Adelaide Oval.

Primus conceded there were few positives in his first full season as an AFL coach which has delivered just two wins.

"There isn't a huge amount (of positives)," Primus said.

"There is definitely a lot of things that you haven't been great at and there are a lot of things you need to work on."

But Primus still relished the season.

"I have enjoyed the season, it's a terrific industry to be in," he said.

"Yeah it has been a disappointing one for the football club and we're certainly not content with where we're at.

"But I have enjoyed working with the players and I'm going to enjoy working with them in the years to come."

Primus can see light at the end of Port's darkest season but admitted his club had "a hell of a lot of work to do to get ourselves some respectability back amongst the AFL".

"We have been able to get a huge amount of games and experience into our young players and that is going to hold them in good stead," he said.

"They have shown what they're capable of for periods of games and parts of the season.

"But we have got a hell of a lot of work to do to make sure we're just a good team.

"But I have seen bits and pieces of what our team is capable of doing and what individuals are capable of doing."

Both Port and Melbourne have been hit by late withdrawals for their encounter.

The Power lost rugged midfielder Matt Thomas to a knee injury while Demon onballer Tom Scully has withdrawn with soreness.

Scully, a recruiting target of Greater Western Sydney, endured a injury-plagued season, able to play just 10 matches because of a knee problem.

Despite his absence, Primus expected a fired-up Melbourne outfit.

"A caretaker coach in, I'm sure a lot of players would like to finish off on a good note knowing that they're going to have a new coach soon," he said.

"And like all teams that aren't going to make the eight, you want to finish with a win and it certainly leaves a better taste in your mouth."

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