Former Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak says he still “has a lot of drive” to bring his club a premiership after ending speculation about his future by signing a new one-year deal with the club.
Boak, 35, will play on for an 18th season after agreeing to the deal which could take the club’s games record holder past 350 matches.
Having played all but three games in 2023 to take his career tally to 348, Boak, who captained the club for five seasons, was weighing up his future after Port’s straight-sets finals exit.
Bue he maintained he was not done and took the opportunity for the new deal, even though his position in the team is not guaranteed, with the hope of adding a premiership to his glittering football resume.
“I’ve still got a lot of drive and my body still feels great so I’m really excited for another year and looking forward to getting out there again,” Boak said.
“Port Adelaide has been my home for a long period of time and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I want to finish my career here. I’ve been through a lot at this club and to finish here, with a premiership hopefully, would be the dream.
“I think our group has taken a big step forward from last year, despite not winning a final. The growth as a group and in individual players has been huge, and another year together will naturally make our group better. I’m excited to be part of that.
“I am passionate about the Port Adelaide Football Club and still playing footy, and for the club to give me the time to make this decision and support me through that along with the fans has been incredible, and I’m now excited to go out there again and represent this great footy club.”
Port list manager Jason Cripps said Boak’s professionalism and leadership meant he remained an asset for the club.
“Travis is a professional and continues to be a role model for all players on our list,” Cripps said.
“He is a leader both on and off the field and we look forward to seeing him continue his career at Port Adelaide.”