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Dixon among others to increase workload in training camp

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PORT ADELAIDE forward Charlie Dixon will return to running during the Power’s pre-season camp on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, four months after breaking his leg.

Dixon landed awkwardly on his right ankle in a marking contest in the Power’s round 21 loss to West Coast on August 11, fracturing his right fibula.

The big man underwent surgery and after a period of rehabilitation, Head of High Performance Ian McKeown says Dixon will get back on the track in Noosa this week.

“He’s doing a lot of preparing to run at the moment,” McKeown said at Adelaide Airport as the Power squad departed for its six-day camp.

“Charlie’s itching to run, he’s itching to get back and he’ll run over the camp.

“The plan is to get him into plenty so that whenever we get back after Christmas, he’ll be on the far side (at training) but he’ll be into plenty of volume over there.”

McKeown said Matthew Broadbent was also ready to join in on drills after returning to training this week.

In July, the 28-year-old developed a stress fracture in his right foot just two games into his return from two operations on his right ankle.

Broadbent was forced to sit out the rest of the season, but McKeown said he was working his way back to full fitness.

“Broady’s been fantastic,” he said.

“He’s obviously had a hard time and he’s come through it and he’s training fantastically well.

“His mindset has been fantastic, he’s just the most popular guy around the club.

“He was actually in drills this week and the massive cheers that go up whenever someone like that joins back in, it just warms your heart a bit.

“Even just seeing him in that first drill when he comes back in - he’s just got that composure and that amount of skill - it just shines through from day one and it’s just beautiful to see.”

Another on the comeback trail is Hamish Hartlett, who is back running after a knee reconstruction and on track for a return in the JLT Community Series.

“Harts is such a dedicated athlete and true professional and he was always going to be in a good space this time of year after that devastating injury last year so we’re holding him back, we’re making sure he gets what he needs in but we’ve got a bit of a luxury with him because he is such a fantastic athlete,” McKeown said.

“We’re what we would say ‘follow the bouncing ball’ so every day he backs up and he backs up well, he’ll do a little bit and a little bit more.

“Nothing’s off the table at this stage but certainly the plan is to get him into games as soon as possible.”

The Power will be hosted by the Noosa Tigers Australian Football Club for its six-day camp from Wednesday.

Port Adelaide has not held a pre-season camp for the last two seasons and McKeown said it was about finishing off the calendar year with a solid training block.

“There’s a big training block ahead of us and then Christmas time.

“It’s a good time for us to get away and finish off the big block of training that we’ve had already so we’re really excited about it.

“We’ll be running a little bit more, we’ll do extra running in the afternoons.

“Overall the volume will increase but it’ll be an increase that we would have done last year, but we’re just doing it up there.

“Compared to other camps that we’ve been on there’s a lot of training, a lot of football-specific stuff.

“We’re not looking at this as a running camp as previous camps we’ve been on or a massive strength one either - it’s about playing on as we have been, but just doing it up there.”

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