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Final four Maggies confirmed

Angus Bruggeman, Sam Gordon and Zac Hawkins [pic: Deb Curtis]
Angus Bruggeman, Sam Gordon and Zac Hawkins [pic: Deb Curtis]
PORT ADELAIDE has finalised its 2014 SANFL playing group with the addition of Angus Bruggemann, Sam Gordon, Zac Hawkins and Nathan Krakouer to the Magpies senior list.

The quartet will be eligible to play in the SANFL IGA League competition with the Magpies senior team as well as the club’s Academy team in the SANFL reserves competition.

Bruggemann, 23, has turned heads with several impressive performances for the Magpies during its three trial games.

Having played some junior football with Woodville-West Torrens, he comes to Alberton from the Mallala Football Club as a capable tall forward and pinch-hitting ruckman.

Gordon was recruited from country Victoria, where he played with the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup in 2012 before missing the 2013 season through injury.

Port Adelaide’s SANFL football manager Scott Peters told the pair were both long-term project players for the club.

“These guys are talented blokes who came to the club with a few fitness issues, but have a lot of promise about them,” Peters explained.

“Angus has really improved this pre-season and has been good playing up forward, in the ruck and in defence during our trial games.

“His size is also a big plus - guys like him don’t come around often - so we’ll hopefully see some good things from him going forward.

“Sam played with the Geelong Falcons but missed last year with a back injury.

“[Development coach] Aaron Greaves and Garry Hocking know him and what he’s capable of doing, so he’s a long-term prospect with a lot of promise for us too.”

Zac Hawkins is a heartland recruit from Port Districts who was a member of Port Adelaide’s youth talent squads.

Rising through the Magpies’ development structure, the 19-year-old played as a wingman for Port Adelaide’s Under-18 and Reserves sides in 2013.

“Zac’s a great decision maker with skills that would suit AFL level,” Peters said.

“Buddha rates him highly, so hopefully he’ll get to play at League level this year.”

The club has also secured the signature of former Port Adelaide AFL and Gold Coast midfielder Nathan Krakouer.

Krakouer, 25, walked away from AFL football at the end of 2011 after playing 40 games with the Power and 13 with the Suns.

He played local football in his home state of Western Australia in 2012 and will look to redevelop his football prowess as part of Port Adelaide’s Elite Football Academy this year.

“Krak came to the club wanting to work towards restarting his AFL career, and after seeing what he’s done on track we know he’s fair dinkum about it,” Peters said.

“He needs to do a lot of work with his fitness, but if we can get some game time into his body at Academy level, he’ll be able to show the skill and talent we know he has at senior level.

“It’s a long road ahead and he knows that, but we’re happy with the work he’s been putting in since joining us and he’ll continue to work hard on improving his body.”

Port Adelaide's first League game for the 2014 season will be against Norwood at The Parade on Thursday night starting at 7:15pm.
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