Bragging rights will firmly be on the line if Port Adelaide’s Charlie Dixon can prove his fitness for Saturday’s AFL clash with his old club Gold Coast.
Dixon must pass a fitness test on his injured ankle to take part in the round 23 clash at Metricon Stadium – the first time the Suns have faced the Power since the forward left Queensland for South Australia at the end of last year.
One Suns star desperate to face his old teammate is defender Steven May.
While neither team can make the finals this year, May is relishing the chance to get one over Dixon.
“I’d prefer for him to play, to be honest, that’d be a lot of fun,” May said.
“I’ve never played on him in an actual game, it’ll be interesting.”
May said the pair had enjoyed willing battles during intra-club matches while Dixon was at the Suns, but said neither could gloat over the other until they’d faced off in an AFL match.
“I don’t know about the score, probably he would say it’s in his favour, but it doesn’t mean anything until it’s in a real game,” he said.
Saturday’s match is a milestone one for Matt Shaw – who’ll become the fourth Sun to reach 100 AFL matches for the club.
The winger said it was a thrill to reach the century, but after disappointing losses to Essendon and Collingwood in the past two weeks, all he is chasing from the game is a much-improved display.
“The last two games we haven’t shown what we can do as a team,” Shaw said.
“We want to end the year with a win.”