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Matthew Broadbent won't play says Hinkley

Ken Hinkley and Travis Boak Press Conference - 4 September 2017 - PTV Ken and Travis speak to the media in the lead up to finals.

PORT Adelaide defender Matthew Broadbent won't be recalled for Saturday night's elimination final against West Coast at Adelaide Oval.

The 161-game veteran has played the past two games in the SANFL, but is still struggling with his lingering ankle injury.

"(Broadbent) has probably got another game or two in front of him in the SANFL before we consider him seriously for the AFL," Power coach Ken Hinkley said on Monday.

"He's still in that process of recovering and he's still not quite at his absolute best.

"We're in really strong form in the AFL as well, so we're not looking for too many people to come in and take a spot."

However, experienced utility Jackson Trengove could return to the side despite failing to finish Port Adelaide's SANFL qualifying final against Sturt after getting a knock to his head in the last quarter.

"Speaking to him this morning, he's fine, but he'll go through all the procedures he needs to go through to see he's got no delayed effect of concussion," Hinkley said.

"I suspect he'll be available for selection."

The Power won their final three games of the home and away season for the first time since round 2015.

That makes it difficult to make many changes to a side that features plenty of youth including Todd Marshall, Aidyn Johnson, Riley Bonner, rookie sensation Sam Powell-Pepper, Dougal Howard and Dan Houston.

"We'll sit down and weigh up what we need to try and beat the West Coast Eagles," Hinkley said.

"It's nothing to do with the experienced players versus the inexperienced players.

"It's about what we think is the best to give ourselves, and the boys, a chance to win the game Saturday night."

Power skipper Travis Boak, who played in the club's losing Grand Final in 2007 and preliminary final in 2014, said the injection of young players was a boost to the side heading into the club's first finals campaign in three years.

"It creates a lot of excitement and it lifts the rest of the group," Boak said.

"We've got confidence in our whole playing group that whoever takes the field will then produce what we need as a playing group.

"We don't need them to have 30 touches and be the best on ground – we need them to provide what we spoke about before the game in terms of what we need to do as a group to win.

"They just need to play their role."

Port Adelaide and West Coast clash in the knockout AFL First Elimination Final on Saturday 9 September at 7.20pm ACST at the Adelaide Oval.

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