Port Adelaide’s Trent McKenzie is now not most fascinating an now not going fullback, but an accidental one.
McKenzie, who burst onto the AFL scene a decade in the past as a skinny wingman with a booming left boot, says his swap to the key defensive post is now not some form of grasp thought.
It appropriate form of befell.
“To be appropriate, I am now not too determined how it came about,” McKenzie informed AAP of the positional switch which revived his AFL career.
“It changed into positively in the SANFL, I changed into taking half in as a mid-defender and out of the blue I truly relish began to play the deepest.
“Obviously there were some giant fleshy-forwards I changed into bobbing up against and it appropriate developed from there.
“I ended up taking half in on the preferrred boys.”
If somebody stated a decade in the past that he’d become an AFL fullback?
“They’d be lovely crazy,” he stated.
In 2011, McKenzie changed into an inaugural Gold Soar player; one among a dozen 17-yr-broken-down signings gifted to the new entity, where Ken Hinkley changed into an assistant coach.
The blond winger changed into an on the spot hit: a Rising Significant person nominee and member of Australia’s Global Solutions squad in his first AFL yr.
Whereas the Suns struggled, McKenzie prospered till 2016 and 2017 when cruelled by injuries – groin, hamstring, ankle.
He played most fascinating seven video games in every season and, at the discontinuance of 2017, changed into delisted.
Hinkley, then coach of Port Adelaide, changed into immediate to name.
“I did now not truly deem twice, to be appropriate,” McKenzie stated.
Whereas McKenzie and Hinkley had bonded at Gold Soar, he played appropriate one AFL game in every of his preliminary two years at Port.
“Solutions perform slither thru your head, you delivery up to search information out of your self a diminutive bit,” McKenzie stated.
Then, one blueprint or the other in 2019, the swap to fullback coincided with Port reaching the SANFL wide excellent.
“I managed to safe myself into a diminutive of form … appropriate looking to shield clear changed into the predominant thing, even supposing it changed into aggravating,” he stated.
“You effect now not ought to be taking half in at reserves stage essential to your AFL career.”
Hinkley took level to and entrusted McKenzie with the fullback location in the AFL aspect for 2020.
The believe changed into returned.
McKenzie carried out fifth in Port’s membership champion award when the Energy were beaten preliminary finalists.
“Ken treats all people with appreciate and he presents you appropriate suggestions,” he stated.
“He trusts you as successfully. He trusts you might perhaps perhaps safe the job performed for him … that is at chance of be the most efficient thing you might perhaps perhaps relish in a coach, the believe both programs.”
Despite his gorgeous 2020 campaign, McKenzie again stumbled on himself in the mutter league in 2021.
Hinkley preferred Tom Clurey, who broke his jaw in spherical 9 and McKenzie changed into again summoned.
His performances demanded persisted preference: 84 per cent disposal efficiency; averaging 5.6 intercept possessions, 5.5 rebound 50s and 6.1 marks – extra grabs than All Australian fullback Steven Could perhaps well just.
McKenzie, at 191cm and 90kg, and his defensive cohorts, together with captain Tom Jonas, shut to-regularly stop peak and weight to opponents.
“We don’t focus on about it too essential nevertheless it is positively a thing,” McKenzie stated.
“We strive to work together as essential as we can and if we can safe as many two-on-ones as we can, we’re in a upright plight.”
The 138-gamer stated the arrival of Aliir Aliir from Sydney – an All Australian in his first season at Port – had made life more uncomplicated.
“If I will appropriate keep out my opponent and perceive him advance over the top, I am doing my job,” McKenzie stated.
“Apt looking at him slither to work, he deserves every thing he’s getting at the second … he’s most fascinating peaceable lovely younger too so he has bought some room for improvement.”