Gold Coast Suns bid to lure coach Ken Hinkley away from Port Adelaide looks to be working after the coach reportedly asked for a release from his contract.
Speculation started to swirl about Hinkley’s future last week when Suns CEO, Mark Evans, approached Hinkley’s management to see if he was open to a return to the Gold Coast.
Today, The Australian reports Hinkley has asked for a release from his contract at Port Adelaide and will speak to the media for the first time in over a week.
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Former Port player Kane Cornes believes the coach would be eager to put pen to paper for the Suns.
“I think if you asked him and he was honest, he’d want to take that long-term view at the Gold Coast next year,” he said.
Can tell you Ken Hinkley has reported for work this morning at Alberton Oval as normal. We’ll have the latest soon on @AFL site and app.
— Matt Thompson (@MattThompson) September 17, 2017
Port are adamant they’ll keep Hinkley, with his contract ending in 2018.
The club released a statement on Friday refuting suggestions their coach was on the market.
“Port Adelaide has advised the Gold Coast Suns that Hinkley is under contract until the end of 2018 and is not on the market,” the statement read.
“The club is still conducting its 2017 season review following Saturday night’s elimination final loss to West Coast. Port Adelaide will resume contract discussions with Hinkley and his manager on completion of the review.”