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Ken Hinkley signs contract extension with Port

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Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has signed a two-year contract extension with the AFL club.

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The new deal will extend the 54-year-old’s reign at the Power to the end of the 2023 season, marking 11 years in the job.

Last year, Hinkley led Port to the minor premiership, then a preliminary final, which they lost to eventual premiers Richmond by six points.

Hinkley, who was first appointed Port’s senior coach in October 2012, has a year left to serve on his existing contract.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch said Hinkley had “selflessly coached and rebuilt our football program”.

“Ken has built a culture within our football program of care and connection,” he said. ” You could see how much the players were playing for each other and for Ken last season, and how much Ken savoured the success of his team.

“We think in Ken, his coaching group, the football department and our players, we have the ingredients to achieve the ultimate success, and we look forward to seeing that play out over the next three years.”

Koch said stability was important to the leadership of any organisation, especially football clubs.

“Clubs that have built eras of success, have all done so around strong and stable leadership. We are delighted that Ken has agreed to this extension.”

Hinkley thanked the club for supporting him and his football program.

“I love everything this club stands for,” Hinkley said.

“We’re embracing the challenge of delivering sustained success for our people. That is what I crave as a coach of this playing group. I want this for our players and I want this for our community.

“We fell agonisingly short in our 150th year and that hurts. But I know our playing group and entire club has a burning desire to go further in 2021.”

– with AAP

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