Incoming Port Adelaide SANFL coach Matt Lokan says he’s hopeful Magpies captain Steven Summerton will play on in 2018.
Former Glenelg mentor Lokan, who was appointed at Alberton on Monday, revealed that he spoke with the loyal Port skipper that night to get a feel for his intentions next year.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Lokan said Summerton was still coming to grips with balancing his employment with playing and training for the club’s Macca’s League side.
Revealing it had been a whirlwind three days, Lokan said he was looking forward to embracing his new posting which also includes a development aspect with the AFL-listed players.
The 34-year-old has inked a three-year deal to return to Queen Street, where he featured as a reliable player for the Magpies between 2006 and 2011.
The hunt is on to replace Port’s Academy coach Mark Clayton, who has joined South Adelaide as the Panthers’ U18 mentor while the ongoing presence of former Magpies coach Chad Cornes and assistant Trent Hentschel would prove invaluable, according to Lokan.
Lokan also paid tribute to the hierarchy at Glenelg, saying his four years at Brighton Road had provided him with the ideal platform to launch his coaching career.