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Port Adelaide will not rush captaincy decision


Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says the club will not announce a new captain until next year.

Travis Boak recently stepped down as Power skipper after six years at the helm and since his decision, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding a possible replacement.

Speaking to Kane Cornes and Andrew Hayes on SEN SA Breakfast, Hinkley said there will be no rush in electing Boak’s successor while not ruling out the possibility of co-captaincy.

“We don’t know who the (next) captain is and we’ll go through a process,” said Hinkley.

“We’ll give the boys a good three months where they are together (during pre-season).

“We don’t look to rush and find the replacement for Travis straight away.

“We’ve got some obvious candidates which everyone would look at. That’s what the media are doing, they’re predicting on obvious, they’re not predicting on exactly what they do or don’t know.

“They are not inside the club so they don’t get that advantage that we do.”

Power premiership player Cornes has put forward Robbie Gray’s name and Hinkley feels the three-time Best and Fairest and four-time All-Australian would indeed perform well in the captaincy role.

“Kane obviously talks about Robbie because he knows the quality of the person,” he added.

“Yes, he could absolutely do the job.

“Robbie’s as passionate about the football club as anyone is here and he’s desperate for the club to have success.

“A role like that wouldn’t interfere with a player like Robbie in any way.

“Rob might sit there tonight and go, ‘You know what? I reckon I should or could captain this team. I’m going to show my teammates that I think I’m the right person that could captain this team’.

“As will the other people, the (Justin) Westhoffs of the world, Hamish Hartlett, Brad Ebert. It’s all those names we continually talk about without putting one person up there.

“They could all do it in their own way. Robbie’s certainly got a great case.”

Ollie Wines appears the most obvious choice while defender Tom Jonas has also been linked with the role.

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