Port Adelaide have beaten off several potential suitors to keep star midfielder Travis Boak at the club.
The club today confirmed Boak had signed a contract extension until the end of 2014.
The Port Adelaide website reported that Boak was “relieved” to sign the deal after what had been a challenging year personally and for the club.
“The big decision I had to make was whether to return home to be closer to my family (in Victoria) or stay at the club I love,” Boak said.
“I’ve been in regular contact with my mum and sisters about my future and they’ve been unbelievably supportive with the decision that I’ve made.
“The last two years doesn’t reflect the talent of our group and I think we’re going to realise our potential in the near future. I’m very excited about what lies ahead and that was another major factor in my decision to stay.”
Boak’s commitment came just days after the club re-signed emerging players Jasper Pittard, Jarred Redden, Aaron Young and Cameron O’Shea for a further two years.
Boak, 24, has played 108 games since making his debut in 2007. He is originally from Torquay, near Geelong, and he played for Geelong under-18s.