PORT Adelaide assistant coach Brendon Lade has announced he will leave the club to pursue other opportunities.

Lade is a modern-day great of the club having played 234 games for the Power after being a member of its inaugural AFL list.

The 2006 John Cahill Medallist is a twice All-Australian and was a key member of the historic 2004 Premiership-winning side.

Following his retirement in 2009, he became a midfield and ruck coach at Richmond Football Club before returning to Alberton to be Ken Hinkley’s forward coach at the end of 2016.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Port Adelaide both as a player and as a coach and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to represent and be a part of this great club over so many years,” said Lade.

“However, it’s important for my family that we return to Melbourne to explore other opportunities. Both Ken (Ken Hinkley) and Chris (Chris Davies) fully understand and support our decision as a family.

“Port Adelaide has been everything to me and it will always be that way.”

Port Adelaide General Manager – Football, Chris Davies, thanked Lade for his contribution to the club and wished him well for the future.

“Brendon has been a popular and knowledgeable member of our coaching panel and his football insight has been valuable,” he said.

“We appreciate his desire to return with his family to Victoria to explore other opportunities and we part on the best of terms.

“He will always be an important member of the Port Adelaide family.”

Lade’s announcement coincides with the departures of senior assistant Matthew Nicks and head of football development Aaron Greaves.

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