PORT Adelaide defender Riley Bonner is open to moving to the wing to accommodate the inclusion of Hawthorn recruit Ryan Burton and the return of the experienced Hamish Hartlett from a knee injury.
Bonner, 21, played 19 games for the Power last season across half-back, averaging 17.2 disposals per game and impressing with his attacking mindset.
However, the arrival of Burton, and Hartlett’s impending availability from a torn ACL that forced him to miss most of last season, will result in a squeeze for spots in the Power backline.
“I’m pretty happy to play wherever Ken and the coaching staff want me to play,” Bonner said.
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“With Ryan coming into the team, he’s another half-back, so just push my case to play either half-back or wing, wherever that may be, I’m happy to go anywhere.
“If that (Burton and Hartlett slotting into the backline) means I have to go to the wing, I’m happy to.
“I’ve played a lot of my junior footy either on the wing or half-back, so wherever the team needs me to play, I’m happy to play there.”
Left-footer Bonner could be a straight swap on the wing for fellow lefty Jared Polec, who has joined North Melbourne.
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The Power were put through a gruelling training session at Alberton Oval on Friday morning in their second day back after the festive break.
Category B rookie Kai Pudney showcased his elite running capacity in winning a time trial that consisted of three, 1km efforts.
The 19-year-old joined the Power’s rookie list at the end of last season after being part of their Next Generation Academy.
He previously won the Yo-Yo test (level 22.1) and the agility test (7.9 seconds) at the SA Draft Combine in October last year.
Pudney won the time trial ahead of midfielder Karl Amon.
Source: AFL FOOTBALL NEWS