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Time to back Jack

  • Time to back Jack

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Jack Trengove (L) celebrates the win with Jack Watts of the Demons during the round 18 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Six games at SANFL level in 2018 and averaging 28 disposals per match. The time is right for Port Adelaide to give Jack Trengove an opportunity at AFL level.

While the Magpies are struggling the former Demon has been one of the most consistent performers in the SANFL and has already been in the mix at AFL level this year as an emergency on multiple occasions.

Last week Ken Hinkley was quizzed on a possible call up for Trengove and confirmed the midfielder was right in the mix  “At some point Jack deserves a chance”

The long road back

Last year Jack Trengove only played two games for the Demons including the round 18 victory over the Power. It followed a difficult period of injury that saw the midfielder finish the season with a return of only seven AFL games since 2014.

While only averaging 14.5 disposals in his two games at AFL level in 2018  the midfielder still showed flashes of class and importantly his disposal efficiency at 78.5% disposal would be a comfortable pass mark in Power colours.

At the end of 2017 Melbourne made the difficult decision to delist the South Australian who had been at the club since being drafted with pick two in the 2009 draft.

Football Manager Josh Mahoney certainly full of praise for the former co-captain when the announcement was made.

“Jack has been an outstanding person to have come through the Melbourne football club. He leaves having captained the club through some tough times and having provided genuine leadership to all his teammates, particularly the younger players coming through in recent times.His resilience and ability to overcome a serious foot injury was testament to his character”

Now or never

At the end of 2017 Jack Trengove thought his AFL journey was done until the Power threw him a lifeline as a delisted free agent.

A one-year deal represented a relatively low-risk move for Port Adelaide but plenty of upside with the 26-year old bringing a wealth of experience and leadership qualities which have been on display more prominently at VFL last year and for the Magpies in 2018.

Team selection will be fascinating tomorrow. The Port coaching staff have hinted some of the under performing stars are safe from the axe but Jake Neade will be one certainty to be omitted.

Jack deserves a chance and a Friday night under lights against the reigning premiers, what a way to debut for your new club.

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