Five Panthers named in SANFL State squad
Five Panthers have been selected in the 2019 SANFL West End State squad that will tackle the WAFL at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday, May 12.
South Adelaide will have the equal highest representation in the league, with Joel Cross, Nick Liddle, Matt Rose, Joseph Haines and Michael Knoll all included in the 30-man squad for the Croweaters.
Dual Magarey Medallist, Cross will be in line for his fifth State jumper, after donning the red, blue and gold in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, while five-time Knuckey Cup winner, Liddle could claim his fourth (2012, 2013 and 2014).
For newly promoted co-captain, Rose it would be his second consecutive State game appearance after facing off against the WAFL at Adelaide Oval last season.
Meanwhile, reliable defender Haines and emerging ruckman Knoll have been rewarded with their first career selections.
A familiar face will also be present on sidelines, with Panthers senior coach Jarrad Wright taking on assistant coaching duties with the team under North Adelaide premiership mentor Josh Carr.
State Team training will begin on Tuesday, April 30 at Alberton Oval, with three sessions to be held before the final squad of 23, including one emergency, departs for Perth on Saturday, May 11.
The State clash will be a curtain-raiser to the AFL match between Fremantle and Richmond at the new 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium.
2019 SANFL West End State Squad