Port Adelaide’s lineup is set for another reshuffle with recruit Scott Lycett on the chopping block ahead of the Power’s matchup with Essendon at Marvel Stadium, according to Michelangelo Rucci of SEN SA’s Kymbo and the Rooch.
Tall forwards Charlie Dixon and Todd Marshall are in line to return for the Power, while star on-baller and co-captain Ollie Wines is expected to miss his third consecutive game as he recovers from a thumb injury.
Lycett’s demotion comes as a surprise to many, with the former West Coast premiership player the preferred ruckman over Paddy Ryder for the majority of the season. Lycett has missed just one game this season through injury, while Ryder spent five weeks out of the side before his recall in round 19.
“Always after a loss, and we’ve had a few in a row now, there’s always going to be some changes,” Gray said.
“That will probably be the case when the team is announced later today.”
Dixon bounced back from his round 18 axing with a four goals for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL last week, while Todd Marshall will line-up for his first AFL game since round eight.
20-year-old Marshall has played just 16 games since being drafted in 2016, but has had to overcome the tragic losses of both parents within a 12-month period.
Gray believes Marshall can have a real impact for the Power upon his return to senior football this week.
“The thing we forget about Toddy is he’s only 20 years old, and he’s been through a fair bit in the last couple of years,” Gray said.
“He does a lot of little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet and he’s extremely clever.
Under pressure head coach Ken Hinkley will be hoping Dixon and Marshall can help fix the club’s forward line deficiencies as Port Adelaide’s finals hopes hang by a thread.