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Lycett can't wait to play along side Ryder

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NEW Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett has worked with some of the best big men in the game’s modern era and he can’t wait to add to that list when he lines up alongside Paddy Ryder with the Power in 2019.

Lycett was traded back to Alberton, where he played junior football as well as six SANFL league games for Port Adelaide, after being a key part of the West Coast side which won the 2018 AFL Premiership.

The 203-centimetre big man honed his ruck craft learning from fellow Premiership Eagle and six-time All-Australian Dean Cox before working with the game’s most exciting ruckman Nic Naitanui, until Naitanui’s season-ending knee injury forced Lycett to lead the ruck in 2018.

His arrival at Port Adelaide has many excited as to how he and 2017 Best and Fairest Paddy Ryder will team-up, and how much time each will spend up forward.

“I can see it being pretty similar to what I’ve done in the past with Nic Nait(anui),” Lycett said on Adelaide radio program SEN SA breakfast.

“I was actually having this conversation with Paddy the other day about playing with him and hopefully prolonging his career.

“I’ve been really lucky to work with some amazing ruckmen in Dean Cox, Nic Naitanui and now Paddy so it’s only made me a better player and hopefully (given) Nic Nat and I worked pretty well in the past so I’m sure there’s no reason why myself and Paddy can’t do the same.”

Lycett said he had been pleasantly surprised about Port Adelaide’s strength across the field since joining the club.

He said the backline was particularly strong and he was eager to work with key forward Charlie Dixon in the forward line.

“I’m really excited to play with Charlie (Dixon) and Robbie Gray, who is one of the legends of Port Adelaide, so I’m looking forward to putting on the guernsey with him.

“Obviously as most people would know the game is often won in the midfield so I can see us getting Ollie (Wines) back and getting that shoulder right and hopefully having a big year in the engine room because hopefully I can add to that and keep Paddy fresh.

“If he’s fresh and playing his best footy every week, there’s no reason what we can’t be winning games so I’m really excited about the season.

“Hopefully we can keep our players injury free and finish off the season well.”

Lycett described how the club was trying some different things at training to improve its game-style but was still doing a lot of hard running to build a fitness base.

The Power will play an intra-club match on Friday 15 February but Lycett said he could not wait to test himself against external AFL opposition.

“We’ve been trying a lot of things at training so I expect in the coming weeks to trial them in the games,” Lycett said.

“Obviously, it’s a bit hard when you’re training all these things and your teammates know what you’re doing so it doesn’t really come off.

“So, I’m looking forward to playing against some opposition that don’t know what we’re doing.”

The Power will then take on Adelaide in Port Pirie on Saturday 2 March and North Melbourne at Alberton Oval on Saturday 9 March as part of the pre-season JLT Community Series.

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