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Power axe utility after 10 years at the club

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Paul Stewart of the Power in action during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Paul Stewart as been delisted by the Power

PORT Adelaide utility Paul Stewart is on the lookout for a new club after the 101-game veteran was delisted by the Power on Monday.

The 29-year-old played 14 games for the club this year, with his last appearance coming in the 67-point loss to the Sydney Swans in round 20 at the SCG.

Stewart has spent 10 seasons with the Power after being taken with the 23rd pick in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft.

Stewart said he hadn't given up continuing his career as a delisted free agent, but is also keen on a career as a player manager.

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"My body feels the best it’s been for a while, so I’d be keen to continue playing, but I'm also really interested in staying involved in the game as a player manager or by helping with player development," Stewart told portadelaidefc.com.au.

"It's been a good 10 years at the club, and I've been proud to play one game for the club let alone my 100th this year.

"It's been a real once-in-a-lifetime journey, and I want to thank my family, my partner Kirra and her family for all their support.

"I want to thank the footy club for the opportunity, my coaches Mark Williams, Matty Primus and Ken Hinkley, the assistants, support staff, my management at TLA, the old boys and ladies in the kitchen and all my teammates over the 10 years.

"I especially want to thank all the fans for their support during my career."

 

Hinkley said Stewart's conduct during this year, particularly as a mentor for younger players, was exemplary.

"Paul has given 10 outstanding years of service to Port Adelaide and is one of those courageous players who will do any job you give him," Hinkley said.

"Such is the quality of Paul Stewart as a club man that he was encouraging me to give players like Riley Bonner a go, so they could become exposed to AFL football.

"He's always understood the nature of the game, especially in terms of developing youth, and I think it’s a credit to him the way he’s conducted himself this past year.

"It's not a surprise that he wants to remain involved in the game in a management and development role going forward."

Stewart is the fifth player to be delisted by the Power joining Jay Schulz, Kane Mitchell, Sam Colquhoun and John Butcher, while Alipate Carlile has retired.