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Trent McKenzie's top three cannons Power's new recruit brings a serious boot to Alberton
AFL 2017 Round 21 - Brisbane v Gold Coast

Trent McKenzie has joined Port Adelaide

TRENT McKenzie will get the chance to reignite his career at Alberton after Port Adelaide claimed the Gold Coast defender as a delisted free agent on Thursday.

McKenzie was delisted by the Suns on Tuesday after 106 games in seven seasons, having recently fallen out favour at Metricon Stadium.

AFL.com.au reported last week Port was circling the Victorian as it looked to add the finishing touches to an ambitious off-season recruiting spree. 

The AFL confirmed on Thursday the Power had signed McKenzie, 25, as a delisted free agent. 

McKenzie burst onto 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 he played just 14 senior matches over the past two seasons as he struggled for form and fitness. 

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.

McKenzie will help Port replace some of that outgoing experience, while the Power are also expected to claim contracted North Melbourne small forward Lindsay Thomas in this month's NAB AFL Rookie Draft.