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Cornes free to fly and play for Port

By Daniel Brettig 19/07/2006 04:44:11 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide is free to pick Chad Cornes for Sunday's AFL match against St Kilda after a specialist cleared him to fly to Launceston with the team.

Cornes had been banned from flying since puncturing a lung during Port's loss to Melbourne at the MCG on July 1, but has now recovered and will play if he gets through training unscathed.

He would be a welcome inclusion for the Power, which has struggled over the past three weeks to cover for injuries to Cornes, Warren Tredrea, Peter Burgoyne and Dean Brogan.

Meanwhile, Port has re-signed South Australian youngsters Brad Symes and Adam Thomson on two year deals, after both confirmed their potential with solid work so far in 2006.

Symes, originally from Gawler, has showed composure beyond his 21 years in a running halfback role, while Thomson (Murray Bridge) is fast becoming one of the Power's best clearance getters.

Power coach Mark Williams said Symes, the AFL Rising Star nominee for round nine, and Thomson encapsulated why the club felt confident about its future.

"Those two guys are two of the reasons why our club and our supporters are looking forward to what's ahead for us," he said.

"They've come into our side this year, playing regular games for the first time and been able to give some pretty consistent contributions to our team and that has been fantastic."

Port also revealed it had inked a two-year contract with young ruckman Fabian Deluca earlier in the season.

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