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Pete commits to Port

Portarlington coach Pete O’Connor has signed a one-year contract extension. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

PETE O’Connor will maintain his commitment to revive the on-field fortunes of BFL battler Portarlington after signing a one-year contract extension.

The experienced mentor, who joined the Demons late last year on an initial two-year deal, will be in charge at Ron Evans Oval until at least the end of 2022.

And O’Connor will continue to have respected local football administrator Geoff Miles alongside him for the ride, with the former Barwon Heads president to remain as football director.

“When I (first) signed, we talked about two or three years,” O’Connor said.

“And because nothing happened this year, there’s no point doing it for one year – there’s a bigger job to do than just for one year.

“That two (years) became three, and we signed that off a couple of weeks ago.”

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O’Connor is realistic enough to know his tenure at Portarlington is highly unlikely to deliver the Demons their first flag since 1992.

“It was about helping the club out, knowing the position they were in, and accepting the fact it’s not a short-term fix,” he said.

“And it’s a cultural thing. We have to make sure people play at Port because they want to play at Port, and that’s what the focus is going to be.

“We need leadership at the top to be pretty constant and steady for the next few years.”

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O’Connor and Miles are now in the process of assembling Portarlington’s list for 2021, with former juniors to be a target.

“No different to any other club, we form a list of players that we’ve spoken to in the past and (who have) shown some interest,” O’Connor said.

“(And) contacts from existing players, and players we know from outside of that.

“We’ve got a list of about 40 people we’ve started to speak to, and we’re getting some interest.

“Some people knock you back, but I think that’s the same with every club.

“It’s a matter of sifting through what you can and can’t grab.”

Meanwhile, talented youngster Brock Williamson will for a second stint at Leopold.

Williamson was last at the GFL club in 2017, but only played one reserve grade game.

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