Port Adelaide have summoned midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper for his first AFL sport of the season as they enter “battle mode” in opposition to Brisbane.
Powell-Pepper, who took time away from the membership for private causes, replaces ex-skipper Travis Boak (thigh) for Saturday evening’s conflict in opposition to the Lions in Brisbane.
“It is disappointing to have Trav out nevertheless it’s thrilling to have Sam again within the facet as a result of we all know he brings a distinct aspect,” Energy coach Ken Hinkley informed reporters on Friday.
“Sam, the necessary half was to get himself in bodily and psychological well being state – for him to get himself organised and be proper and put himself on some actually stable, secure floor was necessary.
“His footy was at all times going to be fairly easy, Sam performs footy fairly effectively when he’s proper.
“So as soon as he acquired every thing else underneath management, and we gave him the time to do this … Sam has come again in a very good area.
“He has acquired nice help of his teammates and we look ahead to him supplying a few of that help again to the workforce tomorrow evening.”
The Gabba fixture pits final yr’s two dropping preliminary finalists in opposition to one another with Hinkley undaunted by forecasts of heavy rain in Brisbane.
“A bodily battle, that’s what it turns into – a bodily battle and a psychological battle,” he stated of the seemingly moist climate.
“We’re able to that and I am certain Brisbane are able to that too.
“We’ve got simply acquired to enter battle mode … and we do this and we’re able to doing that, it (climate) will not fear us.”
Port sit in third spot with only one loss forward of the away match in opposition to the eighth-placed Lions, who will probably be with out Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale due to an ankle harm.
However the Energy have not overwhelmed Brisbane of their previous three conferences.
“They’re an impressive workforce, a prelim last workforce like us final yr,” Hinkley stated.
“It may be an incredible battle. We have not overwhelmed them for some time, they’ve been too good for us, too sturdy for us at instances.”