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Successful return for Broadbent at intra-club

EXPERIENCED defender Matthew Broadbent made a successful return to football in Port Adelaide’s intra-club match at Alberton Oval on Friday evening.

Broadbent seamlessly slotted into the backline of Team Black, where he played very impressively despite his team’s 44-point loss.

Senior assistant coach Michael Voss said it was great for the 28-year-old to have a competitive hit-out and find some form.

“Being able to have Brogsy back out there was good, he got a bit of touch,” Voss said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s quite incredible to think the last game he played was some time ago.

“You see the patterns he’s running and he’s just really reliable in what he’s doing and sets up well off half back, so some good signs.”

Voss stressed the importance of having someone of Broadbent’s character back playing in the side after missing the best part of two seasons.

“He’s been through an incredible journey and that’s just a great story out of the day,” he said.

“He’s such an important figure for us. He’s so well liked in the locker room. And the players just love playing with him.

“The fact he’s been able to come back - we thought it would take quite a while to find his feet again but it goes to show when you have a football ability and a bit of football nous, you throw yourself back in there and he reads the game really well.

“He’s one of the better stories out of today, that is for sure.”