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Bonner: I'm happy to play anywhere

Riley Bonner press conference - 11 January 2019 - PTV Riley speaks to the media.

PORT ADELAIDE defender Riley Bonner has been working on his endurance in the off-season with one eye on a potential move to the wing. 

Bonner had his best season at AFL level in 2018, playing 19 games across half-back. 

The 21-year-old averaged 17.2 disposals and four marks, winning the Round 1 nomination for the AFL Rising Star Award after a 31-possession game against Fremantle. 

With Jared Polec moving to North Melbourne during the trade period, fellow left-footer Bonner is likely to come into consideration for a move onto the wing. 

Adding to the defensive equation is the return to the backline of the experienced Hamish Hartlett and Matthew Broadbent from long-term knee and ankle injuries respectively and the recruitment of Hawthorn half-back Ryan Burton. 

"I'm pretty happy to play wherever Ken (Hinkley) and the coaching staff want me to play," Bonner said during a press conference on Friday. 

"With Ryan coming into the team, he's another half-back, so just push my case to play either half-back or wing, wherever that may be, I'm happy to go anywhere. 

"If that means I have to go to the wing, I'm happy to. 

"I've played a lot of my junior footy either on the wing or half-back, so wherever the team needs me to play, I'm happy to play there." 

The Power players were put through a grueling training session in sweltering 39-degree conditions at Alberton Oval on Friday morning in their second day back after the festive break. 

Midfielder Karl Amon and Category B rookie Kai Pudney impressed in a time trial that consisted of three, one kilometer runs. 

Bonner equaled his personal best, suggesting he had been working hard during a three-week Christmas break to ensure he presented himself in good condition. 

“We gained a lot of trust coming back in condition, showing the coaches that we can go away for a certain amount of time and come back in really good nick,” he said. 

“Having the trust of the players and coaches to do the right thing, on and off the field – obviously last year we had a few hiccups – but our trust bank is really high at the moment and we’re training really well so we’re hoping to keep that trust coming into Round 1.”