Power axe Rodan, Surjan

Sportal October 12, 2012, 4:36 pm
David Rodan

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Port Adelaide have delisted ex-Tiger David Rodan and defender Jacob Surjan along with five other players on Friday.

Mitch Banner, Simon Phillips and rookies Mitch Curnow, Jarrad Irons and Daniel Webb were the other five dumped, with the list lodgement new coach Ken Hinkley's first meaningful contribution after his appointment on Monday.

Rodan and Surjan both played over 100 games for the Power with the former adding 111 games to the 65 he played for Richmond before being traded at the end of the 2006 season.

Rodan, 29, overcame three serious knee injuries during his career, two at Port, after being given a second chance in the AFL with pick 86 in the 2006 draft.

Port Adelaide general manager of football Peter Rohde thanked Rodan and Surjan for their contributions to the club.

"David embraced his new opportunity from the outset and is a player who won't be forgotten by Port Adelaide supporters, who admire his flair as a midfielder and willingness to take on opponents and attack the game," Rohde said.

"He's popular within the club as well and is respected for his work ethic, ability to overcome serious injuries, his personality and what he does off the field to promote football in our multicultural community.

"Jacob embraced Port Adelaide from the moment he arrived at the club from Western Australia and he has always trained and played with an unmistakable spirit.

"We'll remember him for that passion, his leadership and for his attack on the ball and the contest and how hard he has worked for his opportunities.

"We sincerely thank them for their service and everything they have done for Port Adelaide, and wish them the very best in the future with their football and their lives away from the field."

Surjan, 27, played 121 games for the club, most notably as a lock-down defender.

Port expect both players to seek opportunities at other clubs and will continue their negotiations during the free agency and trade period.

The Power have added Essendon free agent Angus Monfries on a four-year deal and lost free agents Troy Chaplin (Richmond) and Danyle Pearce (Fremantle) for compensation picks in the national draft, while midfielder Steven Salopek is seeking a trade to a Melbourne club.

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