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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Port Adelaide assistant coach Dean Laidley has decided to remain with the Power, after previously informing the club he wanted to return to Melbourne. However, he will have the best of both worlds as he will split his time between the two cities. In essence, he will be a "commuter coach". He will spend four days in Adelaide and three in Melbourne.

Laidley's decision came after his unsuccessful bid for Essendon's senior coaching position. Port's new senior coach Matthew Primus is happy at the prospect of Laidley continuing as Port's midfield coach. Primus said that Laidley, who joined Port last year after stepping down as North Melbourne's senior coach, has a great relationship with the playing group and that his experience will benefit both the staff and players.

Port has promoted Cameron Hitchcock and Danny Meyer from the rookie list to the seniors. Hitchcock played 17 games in 2010. Meyer played 20 games for Richmond 2005-2008 before being delisted by the Tigers. He was rookie listed with the Power in 2009 and played six games for Port in 2010. Port has delisted Jay Nash, gained in 2009 via a trade with Essendon. Nash played 43 games with the Bombers 2005-2009 but managed just eight with Port in 2010. Also gone is Matthew Westhoff, younger brother of forward Justin Westhoff. Mathew played only six games 2008-2009 and no games in 2010. Westhoff will continue to train with Port until the draft later this month. The club has the option of re-drafting him to their rookie list.

Source: Daniel Norton, Club Media Release; AFL Record 2010 Season Guide, AFL 2010 Grand Final Record

Article last changed on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 9:51 AM EDT


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