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Now or never for Brett Eddy

  • Now or never for Brett Eddy

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Brett Eddy of the Power celebrates with fans after the round two AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on April 2, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Brett Eddy continues to impress at SANFL level as the key forward kicked another 6 goals from limited opportunities in the Magpies disappointing 32 point defeat to Sturt last Sunday. 

The 27 year-old has done all he can to earn an AFL recall with the former Panther currently leading the Ken Farmer medal  as the leading goal scorer in the SANFL with 31 goals from 9 matches.

Jared Polec has already been ruled out of the clash with Collingwood this Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury in what will be the only forced change.

Often this season it has been a case of first in and first out with the Power’s selection policy as evidenced by Matt White and Aidyn Johnson earlier in the year. 

Dan Houston who was recalled against the Lions was superb and cannot be dropped. He never should have been omitted to begin with.  Aaron Young kicked two goals against the Lions but was quiet overall.

The other inclusion last week Jake Neade played his first game for the season against Brisbane and his selection at AFL level could best be described as generous. Certainly his SANFL form the last two weeks was good but his SANFL form for the most part of 2017 has been very underwhelming.

The Power is structurally screaming out for another key forward that can take a mark and has the ability to impact the scoreboard. Charlie Dixon has had a very good year to date but he needs support and he has only kicked a single goal in the last fortnight.

The Jackson Trengove experiment in the forward-line has had mixed success with Trengove creating a contest and providing a target but he has only kicked 10 goals from twelve matches. Justin Westhoff who continues to play in various positions has only kicked 7 goals for the year.

Now is the time to find out whether Brett Eddy can work effectively at AFL level and importantly take some much needed pressure off Charlie Dixon. 

Defensive pressure was given as the reason Jake Neade was selected last week. Hopefully kicking goals and taking marks can be considered as reasons this week at the selection table. 

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