Dixon’s a high-quality player: Boak

Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak wants the Power to keep hold of full-forward Jay Schulz.

The Power and the Brisbane Lions have both closely linked with Charlie Dixon, with speculation that Schulz would have to make way if the Gold Coast spearhead declared he wanted to come to Alberton.

Boak says he will leave it to the coaches and managers to work out where Dixon ends up next year but reckons the big Sun is a talent.

“Look, he’s a quality player,” Boak said in Adelaide on Monday.

“But for us we’re still worried about playing footy.”

At 24, the 202cm Dixon is six years younger than the out-of-contract Schulz, who has been Port’s leading goalscorer for each of the past three years.

“As a playing group we’d love to have Schulzy still at the club,” Boak said.

“He’s a fantastic player for this group.”

The Power’s hopes of playing finals in 2015 were dashed on Saturday when they were smashed by 64 points by the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

It’s a significant drop-off from 2014 when they came within a kick of a grand final.

Boak said it was a result of Port’s failure to execute their own gameplan combined with opposition clubs shutting the Power down.

“Clubs obviously will look at us from last year – what we did well – and come after us,” he said.

“But certainly for our group we haven’t gone anywhere near what we expected.”

Boak said Port’s inconsistency has been the most frustrating aspect of a disappointing season.

“We’ve been able to (play well) for patches in games, for two weeks, and then not been able to produce it again for the rest of the game or for a period of time.”

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