Son of a gun surely des­tined for Port

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

TRENT Bur­goyne is fol­low­ing in fam­ily foot­steps at Port Ade­laide, 15 years af­ter be­ing part of Power pre­mier­ship cel­e­bra­tions at the MCG, be­cause his ham­string is­sues and lack of games ul­ti­mately proved too big a gam­ble for other clubs. Bur­goyne, the son of ex­Port star Peter Bur­goyne and nephew of cur­rent Hawthorn cham­pion Shaun Bur­goyne, was the Power’s most no­table of four se­lec­tions in yesterday’s rookie draft. Port was able to claim the Woodville-West Tor­rens winger/half-for­ward at pick 22 af­ter he was over­looked in the na­tional draft. It would have been a sur­prise if he landed any­where but the Power. Ri­val AFL clubs re­cruiters con­sid­ered Bur­goyne a risky se­lec­tion be­cause he had played just one half of foot­ball in the past sea­son due to is­sues with his left ham­string. But Port Ade­laide does not have a lot to lose by list­ing Trent. His up­side is high, as ev­i­denced by some of his 2018 per­for­mances, the club’s med­i­cal staff have closely mon­i­tored his in­jury is­sues and then there is the ro­mance of him be­ing the son of a gun.

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