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The fact file: Kai Pudney

Kai Pudney highlights - PTV Port Adelaide select Kai Pudney

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 78 kg

DOB: 09-01-2000

Junior Club: Port District

Recruited from: Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)

2018 SANFL reserves games: 4

2018 SANFL reserves goals: 0 

2018 SANFL U18 games: 13

2018 SANFL U18 goals: 1 

He is the elite runner ranked inside the top 10 in Australia who was a top student at school.

Born into a Port Adelaide mad family, Kai Pudney had little choice about who he was going to support growing up.

As a child, he split his time between the Port Adelaide Athletics Club, the Port Districts Footballers Cricket Club, and the Port District Football Club, excelling in each sport.

In 2015, he was the under 16 800m All Schools Champion in athletics.

Currently ranked eighth in Australia in the 800m event for under 18s, Pudney’s best time was just six seconds slower than the world’s best, ranking him 86th in the world.

The St Michael’s College student was raised in the Port Adelaide heartland by his parents Brenton and Mayumi.

Mayumi is Japanese and her heritage qualified Pudney for Port Adelaide’s Multicultural Next Generation Academy along with fellow Power rookie Martin Frederick, who has South Sudanese heritage.

At St Michael's, Pudney excelled with football and his studies, eventually achieving an ATAR score of 90.25 out of 99.9.

2018 turned into a very good year for the teenager when he was invited, with Frederick, to complete pre-season training with Port Adelaide, giving him a rare insight into the standards required at the AFL level.

After being selected in the South Australian Under 18 squad for the AFL National Championships and being part of the title-winning squad, he also made his SANFL reserves debut, playing four games.

In the Under 18 SANFL competition, his Woodville-West Torrens side, featuring Frederick, won the premiership.

Pudney starred on grand final day with 32 disposals.

Another of his teammates, Jackson Mead – son of inaugural Power club champion Darren Mead – was best on ground with 21 touches and four goals.

Pudney then took out the McCallum Tomkins Medal as best player in the under 18 competition.

He received 23 votes after averaging more than 31 disposals per game. In 2017, he finished fourth in the voting with 13 votes, with new Port Adelaide teammate Boyd Woodcock – then of North Adelaide – taking home the medal.

From there, Pudney was invited to the state Draft Combine where he blew everyone away with his elite running capacity and agility.

He recorded a score of 22.1 in the yoyo test and 7.90 seconds in the agility test to place him first in both categories.

Pudney’s agility time was the equal fifth-fastest ever, just behind record-holder Stephen Hill, who ran 7.77 seconds.

Renowned for his long hair, elite running capacity, ability to accumulate possessions and run all day, Pudney’s 186-centimetre frame places him in the category of a big-bodied midfielder.

He achieved his dream of being on an AFL list when he was taken by the Power as a category B rookie with Frederick to round out Port Adelaide’s list for 2019.

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