Brett Eddy & Dan Houston are the pre season upgrades. http://www.portadelaidefc.com.au/news/2017-03-15/upgrades-eddy-houston-join-seniors
PORT ADELAIDE has nominated Brett Eddy and Dan Houston as its pre-season rookie upgrades.
It puts the pair in the selection pool for the Powerâ€™s opening clash against Sydney at the SCG.
Both have had impressive pre-seasons, with mature-aged rookie Eddy making headlines after a five-goal performance against Hawthorn on Sunday.
Houston has been one of Portâ€™s rough diamonds in the JLT Series on the back of a strong pre-season on the track.
Port Adelaide senior coach Ken Hinkley told portadelaidefc.com.au the pair had shown significant leadership on the track during the pre-season.
Eddy will be 27 years old if he plays his first game at the start of the season.
â€śItâ€™s hard to not like Brettâ€™s story. Itâ€™s one of persistence, and at every point Iâ€™ve spoken to him heâ€™s wanted the opportunity and the chance to prove himself,â€ť Hinkley said.
â€śHeâ€™s done that all the way through the pre-season to the point that heâ€™s an upgraded rookie and a chance to make his debut in Round 1.
â€śThereâ€™s footy smarts everywhere with him.
â€śThe challenges in his game have been around whether heâ€™s got the ability to make it at the highest level, but heâ€™s just a smart player and it shows natural footballers can make it at the top level.
Having played just his first AFL-standard game against St Kilda in the second week of the JLT Series, Houstonâ€™s rise has been rapid.
He played just 10 SANFL games for the Magpies last year after overcoming injury.
â€śDan shows what can be achieved from a good pre-season,â€ť Hinkley said.
â€śHe wouldnâ€™t have given himself much of a chance playing much JLT football this year, let alone AFL, but a change of position to half-back from half-forward late last year has seen him show really rapid growth.
â€śHis poise and composure down there has stood out, as has his leadership, heâ€™s a kid who leads in what he does.â€ť