Premiership player. Four-time club champion. Two-time all-Australian. 300-game veteran of the AFL. Kane Cornes' story is the story of the modern Port Adelaide Football Club. It is a story of triumph, tragedy and renewal. It is an intensely personal and honest story of a young man born into football royalty, who as the son of Glenelg and Crows legend Graham Cornes was hard-wired to detest the club he would come to adore. It's a story of courage off the field, as Kane and his wife Lucy fight for the survival of their critically ill son Eddie, the eldest of their three boys, with Kane sleeping on hospital floors the night before games, but somehow playing his best season to date. Kane reveals full details of how his fractured relationship with replacement coach Matt Primus almost resulted in his own sacking, as the club teetered on the brink of financial collapse. It's the story of a man who says he has no special gift for football, but got where he is through intensity and effort, defying the setbacks of being dropped, played out of position, and even the ridicule of fans and pundits who publicly called for his sacking. Kane also lifts the lid on his greatest rivalries, both sporting and personal - the challenge of playing against some of the greatest players in the game, from Ben Cousins to Simon Black and he takes you inside the change rooms for Mark Williams' last game on the very day he was sacked, the last words Matt Primus said after Port's humiliating loss to GWS led to his own sacking, and the inside story of how Ken Hinkley rebuilt the team from nothing in 2012 to make it an irresistible finals force and genuine flag contender in 2015, Kane's final season in the AFL.
Kane Cornes (Author) Established as one of the AFL's elite midfielders, Kane Cornes' ability to shut down key opponents and win a mountain of the ball himself has redefined the role of a tagger. With four Best and Fairests, and a place in Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL Premiership to his name, Cornes is a great of the Power. Cornes surpassed previous games record holder Warren Tredrea in 2013, finishing the year on 268 games and placed third in the Best and Fairest.David Penberthy (Author) David Penberthy has been a journalist and editor for more than 20 years. He started his career with The Adelaide Advertiser before moving to Canberra as the paper's national political editor from 1996 to 1999. He joined The Daily Telegraph in Sydney in 1999 as State bureau chief and was chief of staff and opinion editor before his appointment as editor of the newspaper from 2005 to 2008. He launched the opinion website The Punch in 2009 and was editor in chief of news.com.au from 2010 to 2012. He edited the Adelaide Sunday Mail in 2013 and moved to breakfast radio in 2014 with Adelaide's FiveAA. He has been a columnist for 15 years and writes two weekly columns for The Advertiser and News Corp's Sunday titles. He is married with three children.