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Nick Bowen  October 26, 2017 12:57 PM

AFL 2017 Round 21 - Brisbane v Gold Coast

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TRENT McKenzie could get the chance to reignite his career at Port Adelaide, with the Gold Coast defender one of several players the Power are considering ahead of next week's delisted free agency period.  

The out-of-contract McKenzie has yet to be officially delisted by Gold Coast, but the 25-year-old appears to be on borrowed time at Metricon Stadium, with the Suns expected to announce further delistings ahead of next Tuesday's first list lodgement deadline.  

It's understood McKenzie is on Port's radar along with several other rival players including delisted North Melbourne defender Aaron Mullett and out-of-favour Roo Lindsay Thomas, as the club looks to add the finishing touches to an ambitious off-season recruiting spree.

McKenzie burst on to the AFL scene in his first season, 2011, winning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination and a spot in Australia's International Rules Series team, while his booming left foot quickly saw him dubbed 'The Cannon'.  

Only three players have played more games for Gold Coast than McKenzie – Jarrod Harbrow, Tom Lynch and Gary Ablett – but the 106-gamer has played just 14 senior matches over the past two seasons and appears firmly on the outer.  

The Power snared high-profile recruits Tom Rockliff, Steven Motlop and Jack Watts in the player exchange period, while waving goodbye to Jackson Trengove (Western Bulldogs), Jarman Impey (Hawthorn), Matthew Lobbe (Carlton), Brendon Ah Chee (West Coast), Aaron Young (Gold Coast) and Logan Austin (St Kilda).  

It's a significant list makeover for a team that finished 2017 in seventh, especially when Nathan Krakouer and Angus Monfries have also retired.  

Port will look to replace some of that outgoing experience by recycling rival players in the delisted agency period, which opens next Wednesday, November 1, and possibly in next month's drafts.  

The Power is yet to decide which of the available players best fit its list needs.    

Other players in this year's delisted free agency pool include Sharrod Wellingham, Stewart Crameri, Josh Hill, Lachlan Hansen, Ben Howlett, Zac Clarke, Dylan Buckley, Lachlan Keeffe, Sam Collins, Jake Spencer, Ben Kennedy, Todd Elton and Jason Holmes.  

Other players will join that list by the time clubs finalise their first list lodgements on Tuesday.