Primus wants answer on Boak’s AFL future
Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus is not prepared to wait until the end of the AFL season to find out whether midfield star Travis Boak is leaving.
The 23-year-old Victorian, who shared the Power’s best and fairest award with Jackson Trengove last season, spent time with his family in the Geelong area last weekend as he weighs up his future.
Primus said he sought a definitive answer from Boak upon his return to Adelaide, but did not receive one.
Boak’s failure to declare his intentions has increased speculation he will leave the Power, as it mirrors the approach taken by numerous AFL players who joined expansion clubs Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney in the past two years.
Primus remains hopeful Boak, who is currently sidelined by a foot injury, will re-sign, but does not want to be left waiting for an answer.
“He knows where I sit – we want him here and we need him here,” Primus told the club’s website on Wednesday.
“He’s going to play an important part in our future so he’s well aware of that.
“I’ve asked him ‘Have you come up with a decision yet?’ and he’s really mulling it over with the family stuff.
“We want to give him his time to do that, but we also don’t want to allow it to drag on for another 10 or 12 weeks.”
Boak’s roots in Geelong make the Cats an obvious potential destination, although many Victorian clubs are reportedly interested.
Geelong coach Chris Scott said on Tuesday that Boak was a quality player, but that the Cats would not be throwing big money at him.
“If anyone thinks they can come in here and get top dollar and come in over the top of our really good players, then they probably should look elsewhere,” Scott said.© AAP 2013