Blicavs, Walker earn promotion

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 26 Maret 2013 | 12.50

Mark Blicavs in Geelong colours. Picture: Stephen Harman Source: Supplied

GEELONG is free to unleash rookies Mark Blicavs and Josh Walker at Hawthorn on Easter Monday after promoting the pair to its senior list.

As revealed by the Herald Sun yesterday, both are expected to carry ruck duties in Round 1.

The Cats have three players on their long-term injury list, creating space to promote three rookies.

But while Walker debuted last year, Blicavs spent most the season training in the hope of representing Australia at the London Olympics.

"The coaches are happy with my progress," Blicavs said.

"Learning the structures has taken the most time, but I'm getting there, so far so good."

The three Cats suffering long-term injuries are Josh Cowan, Dawson Simpson and Lincoln McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide midfielder Kane Mitchell is eligible to make his AFL debut against Melbourne on Sunday after winning an upgrade to the senior list.

The former WAFL star, 23, replaces Nick Salter, who is on the long-term injury list.

"Clearly Kane has got the reward for the way he's gone about things since he arrived here in pre-season," Port coach Hinkley said of the Sandover Medallist.

"He's worked incredibly hard to try and improve himself and us as a club and it is a great reward for his effort."

Mitchell joined the Power in the off-season after winning two WAFL premierships with Claremont.

Kane Mitchell fires off a handball. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: The Advertiser

The midfielder has been impressive in the pre-season with his endurance and pacy work.

Mitchell said he was "very excited" when senior coach Ken Hinkley told him of his elevation to the senior list.

"Ken was very measured and explained that it's come from hard work and it's hard work that'll get you where you want to go," said Mitchell.

"It's another step in my football journey and the direction where I want to go and it's something I needed to do to be able to play AFL.

"It's a huge honour to be promoted onto Port Adelaide's senior list. There are no guarantees that I'll get a game but I'll just continue working hard and playing my role on the training track."

- with Michelangelo Rucci

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