JASPER Pittard’s hamstring injury could open the door for superboot Trent McKenzie to be elevated into Port Adelaide’s side for the season-opener against Fremantle at Adelaide Oval.
Pittard sustained the injury in the third term of the Power’s 26-point win over Adelaide in their JLT Community Series clash at Alberton Oval on Saturday.
Port coach Ken Hinkley said it was a typical hamstring injury that would keep Pittard on the sidelines for up to three weeks.
“Looks like a hamstring, pretty simple, he won’t play round one,” said Hinkley.
McKenzie didn’t play against West Coast in Port Adelaide’s first JLT match in Perth on February 25 or in the first half against the Crows, but impressed across half-back when injected into Saturday’s contest, finishing with 10 possessions.
The 25-year-old played 106 games for Gold Coast before joining the Power as a delisted free agent at the end of last season.
“Trent McKenzie was really strong in the second half when we put him out there,” Hinkley said.
“We had nine defenders out there so it’s going to be tight, but that’s what we want, performance pressure.”
“Trent did himself no harm today.”
Hinkley said Chad Wingard and Jared Polec pulled up well after both played half the game as planned in their comebacks from hamstring injuries.