Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak says Power players will rally around Jared Polec as he prepares to face his former AFL club Brisbane for the first time.
Port Adelaide will rally around Jared Polec this week, expecting him to be targeted by the AFL club he walked out of, Power captain Travis Boak says.
Polec will play against his ex-club Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since he exited the Lions late last year.
The Adelaide-born Polec cited homesickness for leaving the Lions, who desperately wanted to keep the speedy midfielder.
Boak says Port players will offer Polec support ahead of the Adelaide Oval fixture.
“They (Brisbane players) will probably come at him, talk to him, and target him a little bit – that is part of footy,” Boak told reporters on Monday.
“We just need to support him as much as we can.
“We will talk about it and if he’s ready to go and doesn’t want to talk about it, then that is fine, we’ll just go out and play footy.”
The Power will be without goalsneak Angus Monfries, who suffered a hamstring tear in Port’s first loss of the season on Sunday against North Melbourne.
The Kangaroos kicked five goals to two in the final quarter to overcome Port’s much-vaunted fitness and win by seven points, but Boak wasn’t concerned by the fade-out.
“I don’t think it’s anything to worry about,” he said.
“They’re a great running side as well. It was a massive contest … high intensity all game and in the end, they just got us.
“It is frustrating … we were up by 10 points with eight minutes to go and we just let it slip.”