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Shaun Burgoyne returns for Port

By Daniel Brettig 22/07/2009 07:41:33 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide ace Shaun Burgoyne will resume his AFL career in the showdown against Adelaide on Sunday after coach Mark Williams declared his readiness for battle.

Burgoyne has sat on the sidelines since suffering bone bruising below the knee in Port's round three win over Melbourne, but after training for the past three weeks appears ready to resume.

He ran through Port's closed main training session on Wednesday without showing any signs of discomfort, and Williams said he would be good value for his spot on Sunday.

"He'll play," Williams said of Burgoyne on Wednesday.

"He's just an outstanding player, he's trained for the last three weeks and he's been doing lots and lots of aerobic stuff away from the track as well.

"He's not going to play huge game-time but we're thinking 50 per cent of Shaun Burgoyne's better than 70 per cent of someone else."

Hamish Hartlett, Matt Thomas and defender Troy Chaplin are also in line for recalls, but there will be no place for either Josh Carr or Peter Burgoyne.

Williams said that both players needed several weeks in the SANFL to regain form and confidence, despite their outstanding records in showdowns past.

"When they were omitted I said they'd be two or three weeks and it will be, it's not just a one-game affair and they're fully focused on that," he said.

"(This week is) the most encouraging selection for our team to have some genuine options to pick from."

Port's inconsistency this year has been baffling, but Williams suggested there was unlikely to be a "down" week this time around given the natural motivation derived from facing the Crows.

"I can guarantee that if you were looking for any other team to play it would be Adelaide to make sure the players are on, so the idea we have to come up with something special just doesn't apply - we're playing Adelaide," he said.

"(Also) if you look at it we've lost most of those games interstate, and if you look at our record at AAMI it stands for itself, I think we're the best home game team in the competition and we'd like to keep it up."

Ruckman Brendon Lade missed training on Wednesday with a head cold.

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