PORT ADELAIDE captain Travis Boak will stay at Alberton until at least the age of 30 after affirming his commitment to the club with a four-year contract extension.

Already contracted for the 2014 season, the extension means Boak will next come up for renewal at the end of 2018.

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It is the Power’s fifth player signing in as many days, and its most significant.

As captain of the club, Boak’s commitment ensures confidence and stability into the new year for Port Adelaide, with a number of exciting announcements surrounding the club’s 2014 campaign expected in January.

The extension itself underlines Boak’s own confidence in Port Adelaide, its on-field direction under Ken Hinkley and off-field direction in the hands of chairman David Koch and chief executive Keith Thomas.

It’s been a roller coaster two years for Boak.

He signed a two-year contract at the end of 2012 after being publicly courted by Geelong’s coach, captain and senior leaders.

But his confidence in Port’s long-term direction was eased after ongoing discussions with senior leadership at the club, and he was confirmed as the club’s next captain at the beginning of 2013.

Part of a significant changing guard at Alberton, the 2011 best and fairest took his leadership and game to the next level throughout the season.

He was one of Port’s most consistent players, finished second in the club’s John Cahill Medal count and was named on the bench of the 2013 All-Australian team.

Boak was a game changer in the Showdown XXXIV against the Crows and won the medal for best afield in that derby.

And he also received the recognition of his teammates by being voted the winner of the Fos Williams Medal for the Power’s best team man.

His leadership blossomed throughout the season and he helped to put Port back on the map with strong national media performances, positive and proactive sponsor engagement and a modesty expected of the most senior leader of the oldest and proudest football club in South Australia.

He won games off his own boot and was an important part of the club's amazing rise to fifth on the ladder, after languishing in 14th place the year prior.

Now for Boak, the next chapter of his journey has begun.

It is a chapter to be written with new challenges and opportunities.

His captaincy will lead a still young Power side into the unknown.

Port will call Adelaide Oval its home from 2014, the club will become the hunted after its meteoric rise to the semi finals last season and a new AFL/SANFL structure will provide its own share of challenges and chances.

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Boak will need to provide the steady hand to guide the 45-man playing group in the heat of battle and on the track.

He is settled in Adelaide now with the support of his family behind him and js looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“The club is a positive place to be around and I’m pretty excited to hang around long term,” Boak told portadelaidefc.com.au.

“I’ll be pretty old by the time it [the extension] is finished and I’m feeling settled here now with a group that is fantastic to be part of.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 12 to 13 months. The additions of Ken Hinkley and David Koch have really seen everything at the club turn around.

“2013 was a great year, now we need to keep building, make Adelaide Oval a great place to watch the footy and make our club one of the best around.”

Travis Boak has endeared himself to the Port faithful more than ever with his bold and courageous actions on the field and passionate leadership.

Culture has been a critical driver for Port Adelaide’s turnaround and Boak has been one of the men holding the wheel.

He sees his role as one that must continue to develop the playing culture and make it one of the best in Australian sport.

“We’ve really worked on the culture over the last couple of years,” Boak explained.

“It’s what we pride ourselves on. The Port Adelaide Football Club is a club that wins games.

“But it’s not just about what we do on the field - we need to set and drive the standards off it, whether that’s on the track, in the gym, in a team meeting, on the street.

“We know what we want to be and we need to be demanding of each other behind the scenes to achieve it.”

Boak says the secret to Port’s reemergence as a consistent contender stems from the playing group’s desire for continual improvement and that’s one of the philosophies Ken Hinkley prides his players on.

Travis Boak profile

While Hinkley sets the expectations for continual improvement, he says Boak is one of the drivers of the standard.

“He is the captain of the team and is by far one of the most important people in this football club,” Hinkley told portadelaidefc.com.au.

“He sets the standard, the people who play with him fall in behind him. Like a typical captain he gets them all going.

“When I need something done on the field, I know I can turn to Travis and I know it can get it done.

“Clearly he sees a positive future with us, and this extension is a reward for his incredible work and commitment with our club.”

Travis Boak debuted in 2007 and won an NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in his first season, in addition to being part of the Power's grand final team that year.

The Port Adelaide Football Club concluded pre-season training for the year on December 20th and will return in early January.

Travis Boak career profile
2006 NAB AFL Draft pick 5 to Port Adelaide

Career totals: 131 games, 74 goals
2011 John Cahill Medallist
2013 John Cahill Medal - second place
2013 Fos Williams Medallist
2013 All-Australian
2013-current Port Adelaide captain
2008 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee