Travis Boak. Picture: Jack Hudson/The Inner Sanctum

Travis Boak. Picture: Jack Hudson/The Inner Sanctum

Port Adelaide champion Travis Boak said he had a ‘bit more to give’ heading into 2024 as speculation about his future ran rife.

The star midfielder said he was eager to play on after the 2023 season as he approached his 350th game this weekend against Richmond.

“We want to bring back that premiership cup to this footy club and fanbase,” he said.

“I still felt I had a bit more to give. I was committed to go on.

“We had discussions during the year with Ken (Hinkley) and Chris Davies, they’ve been amazing support for me and to give me the opportunity to make a decision I’m incredibly grateful for.”

Boak has won three All-Australian blazers, two John Cahill Medals and was the Power’s captain from 2013 to 2018.

Ahead of game 350, Boak said he’s been ‘proud’ to wear the Port Adelaide jumper.

“It’s a great honour to represent this footy club for such a long period of time,” he said.

“350 games sounds like a lot, it doesn’t feel like a lot at this stage for some reason, it’s kind of all blended in.

“I’ll look back at it post-career, and be really proud to put on this Port Adelaide jumper.

“I wouldn’t be playing this weekend without so much support from the club, family and friends,”

Last year wasn’t the only season where speculation around Boak was rife, with a move to Geelong touted at the end of 2012.

“It was very close,” he said.


Heeney’s new heights please ‘Horse’

The Debutant Ball: Who impressed on their AFL Debut in Round One?

Saints’ CWFL, VWFL eyeing success in 2024

“It was a big decision to make and it was one that took a fair bit of time to process all the information, go back home and be a part of the Geelong Football Club and they were going quite well.

“There was just so much here, myself, Robbie (Gray), Jacko (Trengove), we didn’t want to walk away from.

“We were well entrenched in this club to try and move it forward, that in the end is why I wanted to stay and help it get better again.

“My mum and family were very happy with that decision.

“It’s (South Australia) become a home away from home.

“I never thought I’d be here for 18 years, when I got drafted I probably thought two years and back to Victoria.

“It’s become a really good place to live and the club has been a great place to be a part of.

“SA has been a beautiful place to live, the surf is too far away still but the golf courses are great.”

Boak played in a grand final in his first season, but the Power was beaten by Geelong.

Since then, the last day in September has eluded both Boak and Port, but he believes they’ve given themselves a great opportunity this year.

“I think right now we’ve had the pre-season to give ourselves a great chance, we’ve added the right pieces to give ourselves a great chance,” he said.

“There’s no doubt we’re going to face challenges throughout the year.

“It’s a pretty tough competition with Collingwood and Brisbane going 0-2 off a granny.”

“Our side is in a good position to give it a red hot crack.”

Subscribe to our newsletter!

About Author