Jack Trengove of the Powertrains at Alberton Oval. Picture: AAP Image/David Mariuz
Jack Trengove of the Powertrains at Alberton Oval. Picture: AAP Image/David Mariuz

Jack’s back: Trengove set for Port debut but key duo to miss

PORT Adelaide has axed defender Darcy Byrne-Jones for being late to a training session while former Demon Jack Trengove will play his first game for the club against Carlton at the MCG on Saturday.

The Power's best defender Tom Jonas will also miss the clash with the bottom-placed Blues with a recurrence of the hamstring injury that sidelined him against the Western Bulldogs in round 13.

He has been replaced in the side by fellow key backman Jack Hombsch.

 

Jack Trengove will make his AFL debut for Port Adelaide on Saturday after strong form in the SANFL. Picture Sarah Reed
Jack Trengove will make his AFL debut for Port Adelaide on Saturday after strong form in the SANFL. Picture Sarah Reed

Port coach Ken Hinkley said reliable small defender Byrne-Jones had paid the price for turning up late to training late on Monday.

"There is nothing more to the Byrne-Jones story, he was late, it's that simple,'' Hinkley said today.

"You know I tell it how it is. We are trying to build really strong standards.''

Trengove, 26, will play his first game for Port after a series of outstanding performances in the SANFL.

Melbourne's 2009 No. 2 draft pick from Sturt, who was picked up by Port as a delisted free agent in the off-season, has played just seven AFL matches since the end of 2013 because of a succession of injuries.

 

Tom Jonas walks laps at Power training this week. He will miss the Carlton game with a recurrence of a hamstring injury. Picture: AAP Image/David Mariuz
Tom Jonas walks laps at Power training this week. He will miss the Carlton game with a recurrence of a hamstring injury. Picture: AAP Image/David Mariuz
Darcy Byrne-Jones celebrates a goal with Justin Westhoff against Melbourne. He has been stood down for being late for training. Picture Sarah Reed
Darcy Byrne-Jones celebrates a goal with Justin Westhoff against Melbourne. He has been stood down for being late for training. Picture Sarah Reed

"The good news story is that Jack Trengove will make his club debut for us this weekend,'' Hinkley said.

"Trengove gives us plenty of flexibility. He's played a variety of roles in the Magpies which is exciting for us.

"Jack Hombsch will come in for Jonas - he has been unlucky to miss but he gets another opportunity now."

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