Logan once again back on familiar turf

PORT Adelaide defender Tom Logan’s fourth homecoming coincides with Saturday night’s must-win game against the Western Bulldogs.

The 27-year-old former Waratahs wingman will play the role of goal-stopper when Port attempts to snap a six-game losing streak against the Bulldogs, including their last three clashes in Darwin.

A 14-point win at TIO Stadium in 2006 was the last time the Power beat the Bulldogs.

“We really need to get our season back on track after backing off from a big winning start” Logan said.

“We’ve lost a bit of form all around the ground and it’s no secret our first quarters have been quite slow.

“If you give a team a six or seven-goal start these days it’s almost game over, so we’re working on fixing that.”

Logan and his teammates noted the Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing streak when they beat St Kilda last week.

“The Bulldogs might be 2-7 but they’re going along quite well having pushed a lot of the top sides,” Logan said.

“So it will be a tough game for us.

“But we’re looking forward to it and the support we’ll get from our Darwin fans.”

Logan, a former Federals player in the Alice Springs-based CAFL premiersahip, will play his 106th AFL game against the Bulldogs but only his second this year after knee surgery in late 2012 stalled his pre-season.

“It meant I was basically out for the full pre-season and didn’t start playing practice matches until the end of March,” he said.