PORT Adelaide has elevated midfielder Kane Mitchell to its senior list to replace Nick Salter who remains on the long-term injury list after suffering a foot injury.
Mitchell is now eligible for selection until Salter is removed from the long-term injury list and resumes playing.
After winning the 2012 Sandover Medal for WAFL club Claremont, the Power recruited Mitchell with pick number 5 at the 2013 AFL Rookie Draft in December.
The two-time WAFL Premiership winner with Claremont has impressed throughout pre-season and played in each week of the NAB Cup.
Port Adelaide senior coach Ken Hinkley says Mitchell richly deserves his elevation.
“Clearly Kane has got the reward for the way he’s gone about things since he arrived here in pre-season,” Hinkley said.
“He’s worked incredibly hard to try and improve himself and us as a club and it is a great reward for his effort.
“What this does do is give Kane an opportunity on a senior list. It doesn’t guarantee him selection but puts him in a position to maximise the most of his opportunities. If he continues to work hard he’ll get a chance to play at AFL level.”
Mitchell, 23, says he’s delighted to get an opportunity to prove himself at AFL level after enjoying both personal and team success at WAFL level.
“It’s another step in my football journey and the direction where I want to go and it’s something I needed to do to be able to play AFL,” Mitchell said.
“It’s a huge honour to be promoted onto Port Adelaide’s senior list. There are no guarantees that I’ll get a game but I’ll just continue working hard and playing my role on the training track.
“I was very excited when Ken (senior coach Ken Hinkley) gave me the news. He was very measured and explained that it’s come from hard work and it’s hard work that’ll get you where you want to go.”