Port Adelaide have continued their aggressive off-season recruiting with the acquisition of former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove as a delisted free agent.
Trengove played 86 games for the Demons after making his debut in 2010, but has been plagued by injuries over the past four seasons, only managing seven games since the start of 2014.
The move will reunite him with former Melbourne teammate Jack Watts, who was also picked up by the Power during the trade period. The club now boasts the top pick in the 2008 draft as well as the second pick in 2009.
The former Demon was born in South Australia and told the Port Adelaide website he was elated about the one-year deal.
“I am so appreciative of Port Adelaide providing me with another chance to play the game I love,” said Trengove.
“I still feel as though I have plenty to offer with my experience and leadership and I can’t wait to start this new phase in my career.
“And to come home and be back around family and friends will make the transition so much easier.”
It was an unexpected move by Port Adelaide, who have already brought Tom Rockliff, Jack Watts, Steven Motlop and Trent McKenzie to Alberton in the off season. But list manager Jason Cripps is excited at the prospect of having Trengove at the club, saying that the 26-year-old still has plenty to offer.
“We are all well aware of the skill level and pure football ability that Jack possesses, but most importantly he also brings great character, integrity and leadership to our club which will be invaluable to our entire playing group.”
The recruitment of Trengove has become comical, as the Power recently lost Jackson Trengove to the Western Bulldogs during the free agency period, prompting the Dogs recruit to comment on Port Adelaide’s announcement on Facebook.
“I have a box of stuff with your name all over it if you want it,” Trengove joked.
The Power are also one step closer to securing North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas, after he reached an arrangement with the Kangaroos to have him delisted in order “to pursue other opportunities”.
The 29-year-old goalsneak had a year to run on his contract with the Kangaroos, but with the club employing an aggressive list management strategy in recent years with a heavy emphasis on youth, Thomas didn’t fit their plans beyond 2017.
North Melbourne football manager Cameron Joyce thanked Thomas for his 11 years of service to the Kangaroos.
“‘Linds’ has played some outstanding footy in his time and was widely regarded as one of the most potent, electric small forwards in the game,” Joyce said.
“He is an intelligent and determined footballer that played with a tremendous amount of passion and desire.
“He played with his heart on his sleeve and overcame some huge challenges to carve out a fantastic career at North at the highest level.”
Thomas played 205 games and kicked 325 goals for the Kangaroos since debuting for them in 2007.
He was originally selected with pick No.53 in the 2006 national draft and led North’s goalkicking in 2010 (29) and 2013 (53).