Port won't hasten Hinkley talks despite Tigers vacancy

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Port Adelaide won't hasten contract talks with coach Ken Hinkley despite the sudden vacancy at Richmond.

Hinkley falls off-contract at the end of this season but has agreed with Port president David Koch to put off any negotiations until August.

Koch says Damien Hardwick's resignation at Richmond won't change his club's plans.

"This decision to delay talks over extending Ken's contract was made before the season between Ken and I," Koch told the Seven Network.

"He agreed to it because we wanted no distractions this year for our group, our football group achieving the most success they can.

"After 10 rounds I'm pretty happy with the way that strategy is going.

"Ken and I both agreed before the season started, so we stick to the plan."

Victorian-born Hinkley has been linked in the past with several coaching jobs outside of South Australia.

But the 56-year-old has remained at Port and in his 11th season at the helm at Alberton has banked seven consecutive wins to hold third spot on the AFL ladder.