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Gray day as Port locks away stars

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Port Adelaide gun Robbie Gray will play beside Travis Boak for at least the next four seasons, following his captain’s lead in inking a contract extension that will see him stay at Port Adelaide until the end of 2019.

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The dual All-Australian has agreed to a one-year extension on his existing deal, following another standout season which saw him win his second John Cahill Medal as the Power’s best and fairest.

In a statement, Gray said he hoped to repay the club’s confidence, effusing that he hoped to be a “one-club player”.

“It’s only a few seasons ago, when I injured my knee, that I wondered how I’d come back or if I’d make it back, so to see the club where it is and to have my body sound is really pleasing,” he said.

“I just want to keep working as hard as I can with this great group of players to see how far we can go.”

The Power announced his contract extension, a day after Boak’s new deal, under the heading “Black, Teal and White Christmas: Day 2”, implying further similar announcements could be in the offing, as clubs try to lock in marquee players away from the lure of free agency.

Coach Ken Hinkley noted Gray’s hard work to improve his game and fitness “so he can become the best player he can be”.

“It’s a credit to him the way he’s managed to get his body right and play the football he has,” said Hinkley.

Gray played 21 games in 2015, kicking 25 goals and averaging 26 disposals a game.

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