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Ex-SA treasurer not ruling out AFL job
11:11 AEST Tue Aug 7 2012
Kevin Foley
Former SA treasurer Kevin Foley may take on AFL club Port Adelaide's vacant president job.

Former South Australian treasurer Kevin Foley says he's not ruling out replacing his good friend Brett Duncanson as the president of the Port Adelaide AFL club.

But he says if he did take the job, he would do it with a "steely resolve that perhaps I didn't have in politics".

On Monday, Duncanson announced his decision to stand down at the club's annual meeting in December after senior coach Matthew Primus was sacked following an embarrassing loss to Greater Western Sydney.

Speaking on ABC radio on Tuesday, Foley said the announcements caught him unaware.

While he had not been formally approached about the job, he had spoken with Duncanson months ago about being prepared to come onto the board towards the end of the year.

"I have got to think long and hard whether I want to come back into a high-profile media-driven stressful job again," he said.

"I have just got out of one and I have got some thinking to do.

"I am not ruling it out, but I am not necessarily at all saying that it is one I will take or would want to take."

Foley was asked what he could do that Duncanson, for whom he had tremendous respect, could not do.

"I don't know. The fact is that Brett won't be there and, should there be a position, I would have to consider whether or not I wanted to do the job.

"I don't need the publicity or the ego trip or the pressure that comes with this job.

"If I did it, I would do it out of genuine concern for my club and with an aim to do what I could to restore the club to a very strong position."

Since being out of politics for four or five months, Foley said he was feeling a lot better in himself and more relaxed.

While he had his consultancy work and other interests, there is "a time availability for me".


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