Date: June 20 2012
Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus has urged out-of-contract star Travis Boak to make a call on his future, saying the club can't afford his indecision dragging on for weeks.
Boak, who is being courted by six clubs in his home state of Victoria, announced this week he would defer negotiations until the end of this year.
A decision was expected this week, after Boak said earlier in the season he would make up his mind after visiting family near Geelong during the Power's bye this weekend.
Primus said the 23-year-old was still "mulling it over with the family stuff". He said while he respected Boak needed some time to make a decision, he warned him about taking too long.
"He knows where I sit - we want him here and we need him here," Primus told the Power's website.
"He's going to play an important part of our future so he's well aware of that.
"I've asked him 'Have you come up with a decision yet?' and he's really mulling it over with the family stuff.
"We want to give him his time to do that, but we also don't want to allow it to drag on for another 10 or 12 weeks."
Geelong, Carlton, North Melbourne, Carlton, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs all hope to entice Boak back to Victoria.
It has been widely tipped he will become a Cat, as the reigning premier will have some salary cap relief with several of its ageing premiership players retiring or moving onto the veterans list, not to mention Kardinia Park being close to his extended family, which lives on the Surf Coast.
But Cats coach Chris Scott has said in no uncertain terms that Geelong would not overpay any new recruit.
"It is really important that we respect the players who have been champions of our club and if a player comes into the Geelong footy club from another club in the AFL, they have got to fit within our pay structure," Scott said yesterday.
"If anyone thinks that they can come in here and get top dollar and come in here over the top of our really good players, they should probably look elsewhere."
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