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Tredrea stands down

November 4th 2008 21:48
PORT ADELAIDE is searching for a new skipper after premiership captain Warren Tredrea decided to relinquish the captaincy on Tuesday morning.

Tredrea, who held the premiership cup aloft in 2004, said the decision to stand down as captain was made in the best interests of the club.

"I step away from the captaincy and a full time leadership role to allow the club to maximise the depth of leadership within the group as we get ready for a massive 2009," he said.

"The reality for me is that as I approach 30 I will need to devote more time than ever to my personal preparation, recovery and performance."

"This decision will allow me to do that and in turn hopefully help me get the best out of myself and provide maximum contribution for the team."

"I'm excited by the future of this squad so I want to make sure I am around long enough to share in some success."

Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams said Tredrea had been an 'outstanding' leader.

"People forget he had to step into the breach when Matty Primus went down. At a time when people were questioning our ability to get across the line his leadership was instrumental in us ultimately winning that flag," Williams said.

"Not too many people realise the commitment required of an AFL Captain and the service he's given this football club over many years as a leader has been outstanding."

A decision on the captaincy is expected prior to Christmas.


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