PORT ADELAIDE will welcome back some experienced names as it prepares to face West Adelaide today at Alberton Oval.
The Magpies will have captain Cam Sutcliffe return after a week off with injury, while Hamish Hartlett comes from the AFL side and Ollie Lord comes in after an injury lay-off.
Port is rallying after a sensational underdog with over North Adelaide last week and coach Matthew Lokan said the result was a big moral booster heading into this week's encounter with West.
“After a win like that it's always really positive,” he said.
“I thought our guys were fantastic in the way they applied themselves against North and we've used this week as a good recovery week.
“I think they were all pretty sore after the game and it's been a good opportunity to freshen up.”
The Bloods have had some tough results in recent weeks, losing to North Adelaide by 68 points and last week going down to Woodville-West Torrens by 100 points.
However, Lokan is not taking the Bloods lightly.
“They've come off two big losses now and they were really good the week before that against Norwood, beating them. They're a little bit of an unknown,” he said.
“What I do know about West is their key players are really good SANFL players.
“Kaine Stevens has been a quality midfielder now for a number of years and Tom Keough is a really dangerous player, whether he plays forward or whether he plays back.
“We certainly won't be taking them lightly and know that we need to be at our best to be able to beat them.”
Port Adelaide also boasts an unbeaten record at Alberton Oval this season, and Lokan said the players love playing at home.
“We love playing at Alberton, it's something that we talk about all the time and we love that our supporters come out and support us here every time we play,” he said.
“We'll hopefully start really well and get the result we're after.”
Port Adelaide’s clash with West Adelaide gets underway from 2.35pm today.