Primus remains hopeful on Boak

Sportal July 19, 2012, 12:06 pm
Travis Boak

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Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus said he had no glaring issue with the delegation team Geelong sent to Adelaide last week to meet with uncontracted star on-baller Travis Boak.

The Cats deployed coach Chris Scott, captain Joel Selwood and team leader Jimmy Bartel to Adelaide last Sunday to persuade Boak, who was born near Geelong, to head 'home'.

Geelong's arrival was not well received with Port Adelaide unaware of the meeting.

Port chief executive Keith Thomas delivered a fiery statement condemning the club's Victorian counterparts for heavy-handed tactics and suggested the Cats would not welcome a similar approach from the Power if the roles were reserved.

Contrary to his CEO, players and supporters' anger and disappointment, Primus understood Geelong's pursuit of Boak, but did admit the reigning premiers could have been more discreet with their advances.

The 38-year-old also said clubs and supporters would have to adjust and to impending out-of-contract players meeting with opposition teams.

"It goes on, every club is talking to players and all those sorts of things," Primus said.

"Probably the way it was done and the way Geelong came into town, they could have been a bit more discreet.

"But as Chris (Scott) said also, this is the nature of the business where it's going and we're all sooner or later going to have to get used to it.

"Clubs are certainly going to be well aware that you're going to be talking to certain players, especially with the free agency coming in."

Primus remains adamant the 23-year-old will re-sign with the Power, despite the speculation.

Many of the club's coaches and players, including Boak's former housemate and Power utility, Paul Stewart, were also publically assuring of the Victorian re-committing.

Primus said an 'open and honest discussion' with Boak and his family earlier in the week re-affirmed his confidence that the join 2011 best-and-fairest winner would remain at Alberton.

"Travis is fully aware of what we are doing and he's very keen to make us a better club and that's why we are pretty confident he is going to stay," Primus said.

"He has some real leadership qualities and wants to do something about this club and make it better.

"He was engaged in that discussion and wants to know where we are going and what we are doing, and isn't just worried about pure financial stuff.

"Travis was really concerned about as a footy club what we need to do to get better and he certainly plays a big part in that."

In the worst case scenario if Boak was to leave, Primus said the club would be in a prime position to find a suitable replacement.

"It'd leave us in a pretty good bargaining place, I would have thought," Primus said.

"We can deal with a lot of clubs where Travis can end up and make sure we get very, very well compensated."

The Power take on Melbourne on Saturday night at TIO Stadium in Darwin with injury-returning captain Dom Cassisi and David Rodan included in an extended 24-man squad.

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