Port scores GWS pair in trade

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 23 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Jack Hombsch punches the ball away from Brent Thornton. He is heading to Port. Picture: Michael Klein Source: Herald Sun

PORT ADELAIDE has converted its second-round draft pick of No. 29 to two players in the AFL trade period.

Greater Western Sydney tall defender Jack Hombsch will return to SA.

The second player is small forward Jake Neade, originally from the Northern Territory and now studying St Patrick's College in Ballarat. The 17-year-old is a zone-based recruit the Giants can on-pass to rival AFL clubs.

Originally from SANFL club Sturt, Hombsch was one of the 17-year-olds the Giants could claim while setting up its inaugural list last year. He was the first South Australian added to the GWS list.

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Hombsch, 19, played nine AFL games with the Giants this season.

Neade, a Year 12 student who won All-Australian colours representing Northern Territory this year, will move to Alberton from Ballarat.

Port football manager Peter Rohde said Hombsch would be a long-term replacement for Troy Chaplin, who left to join Richmond as a free agent.

"Jack's main attributes include his running ability, his ability to drop off and take contested marks and his kicking from defence. He'll certainly have the ability to play on the opposition's tall forwards," Rohde said.

"We've made no secret that we've been targeting talented South Australians with outstanding character and we think we've achieved that with Angus Monfries and now Jack Hombsch."

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Neade finished second in the 3km time-trial at the draft camp and ran 2.95sec for the 20m sprint.

"We identified him early as a small forward who can kick goals and apply plenty of defensive pressure and we look forward to his journey and development here at Port Adelaide," Rohde said.

GWS will have picks 1, 2, 3, 12, 14 and 29 in next month's draft.

"(Hombsch's) move to Port Adelaide will give him the opportunity to play more senior football and we wish him all the best in his future playing career," Giants football manager Graeme Allan said.

"As a club we're very pleased to have been able to secure an early second round selection in this deal which strengthens our position going into November's draft."

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