Pair show promising signs in returns from injury with Power
AFL: Hamish Hartlett and Matthew Broadbent have lifted the spirits of the side with their return from injury as Port Adelaide arrived at Noosa yesterday for a pre-season camp.
Hartlett is recovering from a knee reconstruction after he blew out his knee in training after round five last year while Broadbent didn't play any games last season, having undergone two operations to his ankle and then suffering a stress fracture in his foot.
But club fitness coach Ian McKeown said they have both been impressive in training and would be watched closely as the Power mix some hard training on the Sunshine Coast with a bit of down time to relax and enjoy each other's company.
McKeown could not speak more highly of Hartlett's dedication during his recovery.
"He's been fantastic through his rehab and at this stage we're just trying to hold him back,” McKeown said on SEN radio.
"We're just trying to make sure he ticks off absolutely every box as he gets closer to round one.”
Broadbent, a 161-gamer, had been similarly impressive.
"He's back into drills now as well,” McKeown said.
"After such a long time off he's been very exciting.
"He's still got that grace and extra second with the ball.”
Port Adelaide will be in Noosa for six days on its training camp and be hosted by the Noosa Tigers Football Club.
McKeown said the camp would not only give the players a chance to finish off their training before Christmas but also to get to know each other better.
"We'll train hard, like we would if we were home, and we'll have some half days off,” he said.