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April 21, 2017

Aidyn Johnson in action for Port Adelaide in the SANFL in 2016

Aidyn Johnson and Moama Bowling Club’s George Santos after the teenager was a junior finalist in the Sportstar of the Year awards in 2015. Last year he and Clayton Oliver shared the Echuca-Moama Sportstar of the Year award.

ECHUCA’S Aidyn Johnson has run onto Adelaide Oval tonight for his first AFL game – against Carlton.

The 19-year-old got the nod following the withdrawal of Hamish Hartlett (quad injury) at the last minute.

Johnson had been named as an emergency tonight . He was also emergency in last week’s game against Greater Western Sydney, travelling with the team.

Johnson stamped his presence early with three quick possessions – and a goal from his first AFL kick.

Making him just the 12th player in Port’s combined 147-year history.

The lightly-built forward hit the headlines in Melbourne late last year when he was the passenger in a car driven by team-mate Jarman Impey which crashed into four parked cars in an Adelaide suburb. Impey is also playing tonight.

It saw him internally suspended for Port

“Unfortunately Hamish hasn't come up and we're going to play Aidyn Johnson in his first game,” Power coach Ken Hinkley told local sporting radio station 5AA.

“He's an exciting player, he's a forward who puts on an enormous amount of pressure,” Hinkley said.

“I love seeing young players get their opportunity and get a chance to show what they can do.”

Johnson was a third round selection by the Power and No. 45 overall in the 2015 NAB AFL draft.

In the same draft Echuca-Moama’s Clayton Oliver was picked in the top 10 and has since played 17 games and is selected for his 18th against Richmond on Monday.

Hamstring injuries restricted Johnson to five games in the SANFL in 2016 but he showed some good form in the JLT Community Series this year.

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