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Chad Cornes, forward development coach

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A cult figure in the hearts and minds of Port Adelaide supporters, Chad Cornes is the 39th coach of the club in local football. 

In becoming the Magpies' coach for 2016, Cornes ended a four-year absence from the club spent at the GWS Giants as an assistant coach.

Cornes originally joined Port Adelaide for the 1998 season from Glenelg. 

The son of former Glenelg premiership coach and inaugural Adelaide Crows coach Graham Cornes, Chad's initial career at Alberton saw him played as a forward.

But coach Mark Williams then changed him to a defensive post where Cornes would enjoy notable success.

He played in two pre-season premierships and later the 2004 AFL Grand Final victory alongside younger brother Kane. 

Cornes was never a best and fairest winner at Port Adelaide (he placed second in 2007), but was a cult figure for his antagonistic approach to football. 

He was a double All-Australian and played 239 games for Port Adelaide before his retirement in 2011. 

He returned to football as a playing assistant with GWS Giants, retiring again in 2013. 

As SANFL coach, Cornes is custodian of Port Adelaide's heritage brand - the Magpies - across all games of the League season. 

At the end of the 2017 season, Cornes was elevated to a forward development role with the Power.

at a glance

Coaching Career

2018-current Port Adelaide Football Club forward development coach
2016-2017 Port Adelaide Magpies coach
2013-2015 
GWS Giants defence coach
2012-2013 GWS Giants playing assistant coach

Playing Career

Clubs: Port Adelaide (1998-2011) 239 games, 175 goals; GWS Giants (2012-2013) 16 games, 4 goals

Debut: Rd 6, 1998 vs Adelaide Crows

Brownlow Votes: 50

Achievements
AFL Premiership player (2004)
AFL pre-season Premiership player (2001, 2002)
All-Australian (2004, 2007)
Port Adelaide best finals player (2005)
Most improved (2002)
AFL Player life member (2006)