AFL: Former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove joins Port Adelaide

South Australian Jack Trengove has signed a one-year contract to play for Port Adelaide in the AFL next season.

The former Sturt footballer played 86 games for Melbourne after making his debut in 2010.

The 26-year-old was the second pick in the 2009 national draft and was named Melbourne co-captain in 2012 but suffered a serious foot injury two seasons later.

“I still fell as though I have plenty to offer with my experience and leadership and I can’t wait to start this new phase in my career,” Trengove said.

“To come home and be back around family and friends will make the transition so much easier.”

Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps said Trengove would do well at the Power.

“The football world knows that Jack has had some much-publicised injury setbacks over the last couple of years but we are confident that he still has plenty of upside,” he said.

“We are well aware of the skill level and pure football ability that Jack possesses but most importantly he also brings great character, integrity and leadership to our club.”

Trengove will start pre-season training on November 27.

Joining Trengove at training will be former Gold Coast defender, Trent McKenzie.

The 25-year-old defender has also signed a one-year-deal.

“Trent joins us after seven seasons within the AFL system and over 100 games so we believe he’ll bring some valuable experience to our playing group,” Cripps said.

Former Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff, Melbourne’s Jack Watts and Geelong forward Steven Motlop have also joined Port Adelaide.

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