Influential Adelaide defender Brodie Smith has passed a fitness test on a sore hamstring and will play against Fremantle tomorrow night, the club says.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke wants to rectify a glaring weakness in his AFL ladder leaders - sluggish starts.
Port Adelaide defender Jack Hombsch expects to be among a batch of 17 players to soon sign fresh contracts with the rejuvenated club.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke says it was a difficult decision to axe two club stalwarts for Saturday night's crunch game against Brisbane on the road.
Cricket Australia has rejected a players' union demand for mediation in the pay dispute which could derail the Ashes series.
Port Adelaide's players are on a post-China break before turning their minds to a trip they reckon is just as daunting - Geelong.