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Jurrah trains with AFL's Power
13:39 AEST Wed Nov 28 2012

Exciting but troubled ex-Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah's hopes of reigniting his AFL career have risen after training for the first time with Port Adelaide.

The 24-year-old, who walked out on the Demons post-season, is due to face court in Alice Springs next March over assault charges relating to an alleged machete attack in March this year.

But new Power coach Ken Hinkley said Jurrah, who kicked 81 goals in his 36 games for Melbourne but was kept to just one game this year by ankle and wrist injuries, seemed focused and keen to seize his chance.

"I have spoken to him over the last couple of days, last week twice, just to have a little chat to him," Hinkley told reporters after Jurrah trained with the Power for the first time on Wednesday.

"He's really excited about getting an opportunity to show he can play AFL football still.

"We don't doubt he can play the game. We've just got to make sure he's physically able to play the game because he has had some significant injuries in the past 12 months."

The Power are considering recruiting Jurrah through the December 11 rookie draft.

Hinkley said there were no guarantees but just by turning up to training on Wednesday in decent condition Jurrah had proved something about his mindset.

"I would have thought if you're turning up here today in a new environment to train and I would imagine he knows there's some scrutiny coming, his focus is pretty right," Hinkley said.

The freakishly-skilled Jurrah, who comes from the indigenous desert community of Yuendumu, about 300km northwest of Alice Springs, quickly became a cult figure after his 2009 debut and was Melbourne's leading goal-kicker last year.

He is facing three charges of aggravated assault and one count of unlawfully causing serious harm, over an altercation in March this year at a town camp on the edge of Alice Springs.

The Power are also likely to snare Essendon midfielder Brent Prismall through the pre-season draft, with the 26-year-old also training with them.


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