Murray Bridge footballer Jarrod Lienert has narrowly missed out on making his AFL debut for Port Adelaide after being named a travelling emergency for the club’s match against Essendon in Melbourne on Sunday.
Lienert was named in the initial squad on Thursday, but did not make the final cut.
However, he will travel with the club as an emergency in case injury necessitates a sudden recall.
Lienert was drafted as a 22-year-old rookie in 2016 after winning an SANFL premiership with Sturt and winning the state league’s star search award.
He had 26 disposals and 11 marks for the Port Adelaide Magpies in their narrow win against Glenelg last weekend, and was named in the best players.
The other Murray Bridge product in the squad, 129-gamer Chad Wingard, has been named at half forward.
Port Adelaide v Essendon:— Patrick Keane (@AFL_PKeane) April 13, 2018
Interchange: McKenzie, Amon, S Gray, Marshall.
Emergencies: Barry, Lienert, Atley, Neade.
Amon, McKenzie in for Powell-Pepper, Barry.