The future of former Demon Liam Jurrah is clouded
LIAM Jurrah's football future is hanging by a thread, with Port Adelaide confirming it is re-thinking its position after the ex-Demon was charged with high-level drink driving on Monday.
While Port decided not to offer Jurrah an AFL lifeline at the recent NAB AFL Rookie Draft, it put in place steps that it hoped would see him eventually resurrect his career.
As well as a place on the Port Adelaide Magpies' list in the SANFL, Jurrah had been offered work with Power Community Ltd, the community development arm of the club.
Jurrah has failed to show at a single training session with the Magpies so far this pre-season and, in light of his drink driving charge, the club released a statement conceding his future at the Power was far from certain.
"The club has been waiting on a commitment from Liam in relation to training and playing with Port Adelaide (Magpies) in the SANFL and working in the club’s community department," the statement read.
"The club is disappointed with Liam’s alleged driving offence but before making a decision on his future, the club needs time to assess all the information regarding Liam’s situation."
Jurrah was stopped at about 8.20pm CDT on Monday night driving in the northern Adelaide suburb of Parra Hills and allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.269.
"The 24-year-old from Elizabeth was detained after he appeared affected by alcohol and then breath tested returning a reading of 0.269, more than five times the legal limit of 0.05," South Australian police said in a statement.
"The man was reported for driving under the influence of alcohol, exceeding the prescribed level of alcohol and breaching a probationary licence.
"His driver's licence has been disqualified for 12 months and he will be summonsed to appear in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court at a date to be decided."
Jurrah is waiting to stand trial in the Northern Territory over his alleged involvement in a machete attack near Alice Springs last March.
The forward had trained with Port Adelaide but the club didn't offer him a spot on its list.
understands the injury-riddled livewire has also been dealing with another setback – an infected knee.
Matt Thompson is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @MattThompsonAFL