The Port Melbourne Football Club is delighted to announce that Gary Ayres will remain the senior coach of the Borough until at least the end of season 2017 after Ayres and the club’s Board of Directors agreed to take up this option in Ayres’ contract.
Following an illustrious 269-game playing career at Hawthorn, which featured five Premierships and two Norm Smith Medals, Ayres signed as Head Coach at the Borough ahead of the 2008 season after a previous decade-long stint in charge of AFL clubs Geelong (1995-1999) and Adelaide (2000-2004).
Since then, Ayres has coached Port to a remarkable seven consecutive VFL Finals Series’, which would have been extended in season 2015 if not for regular narrow losses and injuries to key players curtailing the side’s chances.
Ayres was also at the helm of the Borough’s famous undefeated 2011 VFL season, which culminated in a 56-point Grand Final victory over arch rivals Williamstown.
Club President Peter Bromley said he was excited by the prospect of having Ayres continue his reign at Port Melbourne for at least another season.
“Gary has overseen an almost complete list refurbishment and rebuild and is very excited about what is potentially looking possible going forward. We believe that he has the passion and vision to ensure that we can get back to being the No. 1 VFL Standalone Team within the VFL and with this will come success,” Bromley said.
When reacting to his contract extension, Ayres expressed his sincere gratitude to the Board for the opportunity and excitement for what was in store over the next couple of years.
The club would like to wish Gary and the playing group all the very best for the upcoming season. We look forward to enjoying the exciting journey ahead, and continuing to build our long-standing relationship with such a revered and accomplished football figure.