Port Adelaide have extended coach Ken Hinkley’s contract with the club that will see him remain in Adelaide until the end of the 2023 season.
Hinkley was rewarded for taking the Power, who had failed to make finals in four of the pervious five seasons, to minor premiers in 2020.
“At Port Adelaide, we exist to win premierships and our people have high expectations, which we wholeheartedly embrace going into 2021,” club chairman David Koch said.
“Ken has built a culture within our football program of care and connection. You could see how much the players were playing for each other and for Ken last season, and how much Ken savoured the success of his team.
“We think in Ken, his coaching group, the football department and our players, we have the ingredients to achieve the ultimate success, and we look forward to seeing that play out over the next three years.”
In 2020, Hinkley led Port to their first preliminary final appearance in seven years only to be thwarted in a thrilling six-point loss to eventual premiers Richmond.
“I love everything this club stands for,” Hinkley said.
“We’re embracing the challenge of delivering sustained success for our people. That is what I crave as a coach of this playing group. I want this for our players and I want this for our community.
“We fell agonisingly short in our 150th year and that hurts. But I know our playing group and entire club has a burning desire to go further in 2021.”
The coach had a clause in his contract that required him to make finals in 2020 in order to be extended for 2021.