Adelaide side happy with ruckman’s season preparation despite no trial games.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley had no qualms naming ruckman Jackson Trengove for his side’s first AFL clash of the season, when they tackle Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Trengove has not played in any of Port Adelaide’s four pre-season trial games after suffering from bone bruising in his knee in late January.
Hinkley also downplayed the possibility Trengove will not have the ‘touch’ that would be expected if he had an interrupted pre-season preparation.
“Last year we played Jackson straight up after nine weeks out – and we have no hesitation doing it again,” Hinkley said.
“He has done enough training – all the training, actually. And that includes the skill training.”
Hinkley last night also recalled key forward Jay Schulz (bruised right foot) and midfielder-forward Robbie Gray who last played in the Power’s NAB Challenge win against Essendon at Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago.
Hinkley will give at least three players – Brisbane recruit Jared Polec, Richmond free agent Matt White and 2012 second-round draftee Tom Clurey – and possibly four with 2013 second-round draftee Jarman Impey their first AFL premiership games with the Power.