Boak steps aside as Port Adelaide skipper

AFL Nation - Fri, 30th Nov 2018 - 0 Comments

Travis Boak has stood down as Port Adelaide captain according to the club’s website.

Boak has led the Power since 2013 after replacing Dom Cassisi in the role.

The 30-year-old believes it’s time for a new leader at the club.

Port said they will use the pre-season to determine who their next captain will be.

“Six years into the job I think it’s the right time to hand it over to the next person, whoever that is,” Boak told

“I’ve hit 30 now and I’m at the back end of my career so I think it’s a good chance for a change of direction.

“The club is in a good position with everything that’s been set up off the field and on the field with all the players we’ve got in in the past few years, so it’s a perfect opportunity for the next person to come in and take the lead and push the group forward.”

Ken Hinkley praised Boak for making a tough decision in electing to relinquish the role.

“Travis always does what’s right and what is best for the team, and no matter what, nothing is going to get in the way of Trav’s ultimate goal, which is team success,” he said.

“When I first got to the club, he was the obvious choice to succeed Dom Cassisi, who had been a great captain for the club.

“We are in a pretty lucky situation where we’ve now got three or four people who I think could clearly step up because they’ve been shown how a great leader like Travis acts – he’s been a great example of what a strong captain looks like.

“Trav’s a selfless person – he knows it’s the right time – and I think it’s a great decision because it’ll free him up to enjoy the last parts of his career and may even extend his career, because being captain, as much as it’s an honour, can also be a burden on people.

“To release some of that responsibility will be good for Travis and to allow someone else to experience it will be good for them.”