Gold Coast Suns ruckman Daniel Gorringe was supposed to be a Port Adelaide player this year.
Instead, he could be about to emulate one.
Four months after his proposed trade to the Power fell through, Gorringe looks set to be played through the midfield for the Suns in a utility role similar to that of Port’s roving tall Justin Westhoff.
With Zac Smith, Tom Nicholls and Charlie Dixon well ahead of him in Gold Coast’s ruck pecking order, the 199cm Gorringe was played on the wing during a match simulation session on Wednesday.
Suns coach Rodney Eade said the 22-year-old can expect to play “multiple positions” this season, just like Westhoff does to damaging effect for Port Adelaide.
“Having a utility who’s got some talent like that is very rare in the competition,” Eade said.
“Westhoff can do it, but there’s not many who can play multiple positions at that height.
“If we can train him up, it just gives us a big advantage.
“We’re going to try him (in midfield) at stages.
“He can play tall forward – not the tallest forward, not as in the Dixon/Lynch mould, but certainly our third tall.
“He can give us coverage in the ruck, he’s a very good athlete so he can play on the wing … (and) maybe as a third tall defender.”
Gorringe sought a move back to Adelaide, his hometown, during last year’s trade period but Port were unable to complete a deal as they focused on securing Paddy Ryder from Essendon.
After declaring he was “lied to” and “let down” by the Power, Gorringe has resolved to prove himself under new coach Eade.
Gold Coast’s NAB Challenge campaign begins on March 1 against Geelong at Townsville’s Tony Ireland Stadium.
The Suns have a lengthy injury list with the likes of Gary Ablett (shoulder), Steven May (knee) and Sam Day (calf) not to feature until their second pre-season clash against GWS a week later.
“We’ll probably have about 34 to pick from for NAB one,” Eade said.
“We’ll be inexperienced and undersized there but that’s the way it is and that’s what we’ll cope with.
“We might be able to find a player or two out of it.”