'Tiring for everyone': Hinkley speaks on extension

 

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

Hinkley will coach Port until at least the end of the 2021 season, after rejecting overtures to join the Gold Coast Suns.

He had been contracted at Port until the end of next season but the interest of the Suns accelerated negotiations for an extension with the Power.

"There's some relief because of the last week, there's no doubt that has been pretty tiring for everyone involved," Hinkley told reporters on Tuesday.



"The whole thing becomes a little bit taxing.

"But I'm just so pleased to be still part of this club and this group of players.

"I have always said what we have going is unbelievable as a group between coaches and players and football club. I needed to keep that going."

Hinkley has taken Port to the finals in three of his five years at the helm.

Hinkley is staying at Port Adelaide. Pic: Getty

The Power were beaten in an extra-time elimination final this season.

Port chief executive Keith Thomas said Gold Coast flagging their interest in Hinkley had accelerated re-negotiations.

Hinkley took charge at Port when the club was a financial basket-case being propped up by AFL funds and was frequently missing the finals.

"We have made remarkable progress and I am very comfortable with the platform we have set," Thomas told reporters.

Hinkley said on Monday he would honour his contract at Port which expires at the end of next season and hoped an extension beyond that will be settled soon.

"I'm really hopeful that something will happen quickly," Hinkley told Adelaide radio station 5AA on Monday.

Hinkley confirmed the Suns, where he was an assistant coach for three years from 2012, had approached his manager about their vacant head coaching role.

But Hinkley said he and his family were "really committed to Port Adelaide".

"You can't get over that. When you're in love, you're in love. And Port Adelaide and Ken Hinkley and his family, we're meant to be," he said.

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