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Port Adelaide to play for premiership points in China next season

Port Adelaide has signed off an agreement which will see the club play for premiership points in China next year.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Power, the AFL and the club’s new partner Shanghai Cred Real Estate.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was on hand to witness the signing of the agreement.

The Power will run school and Auskick programs in China, as well as support university programs in Guangzhou.

‘Today is a day that has been the culmination of a lot of hard work and to be honest, a day that many thought would never happen,’ Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said in Shanghai on Tuesday.

‘I’m incredibly proud to have a signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Port Adelaide Football Club that ensures we will do everything possible to play a game for premiership points here in Shanghai as early as next season.

‘Only last week we announced a landmark partnership with CCTV to broadcast three Port Adelaide game into China, along with a 25-week documentary series. We see today’s announcement as another important step in bringing the people of Australia and China together through a mutual passion for sport.

‘Our partnership with CCTV is more than just entertainment; it is about understanding. Through our regular AFL programs on CCTV, the viewers in China will see more of Australia and learn more about our culture and Australian life.’