13/04/2024
Paddy Ryder with Todd Marshall. Picture: Todd Marshall - Instagram

Paddy Ryder with Todd Marshall. Picture: Todd Marshall - Instagram

Todd Marshall will pull on the Port Adelaide guernsey for the 100th time this week when the Power tackles Melbourne on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old made his debut for the Power as a skinny tall forward in 2017 and in his third game was thrust into finals football.

Former teammate and close friend Paddy Ryder told The Inner Sanctum of his pride seeing Marshall’s growth over the past seven years.

“He’s a ripper human being,” he said.

“He’s the number one reason I was so devastated when my time was up at Port, not being there with him and hanging out with him or playing footy.

“I’m super proud of him, everyone that knows him knows how far he’s come along, the next 100 games, they’re going to be up there with some of the best key forwards.

“The way he’s starting to mature with his body and starting to belong at AFL level.”

Ryder, who departed Port at the end of the 2019 season, said the two formed a close bond while at Alberton.

“You gravitate towards the people you find a little connection with and that’s been us since day one,” he said.

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“It was a connection that starts off at coffee, lunch breaks together, you just find you’re spending most of your spare time with them.

“It just happens naturally.”

The former Essendon and St Kilda ruck also said Marshall’s talents were obvious early.

“Right from the start, his football ability has been amazing. We know exactly where he’s going in his footy career, he just has that talent and makes the right decisions,” he said.

“He’s very smart, a really good ball user on both sides of his body.

“I always used to joke with him when I was there, he’s gotta get some arms on him.

“It’s good to see him developing now and putting on a bit of size.

“He’s still got a long way to go, just looking at him now, he’s starting to mature a little bit more. He was always going to be a dangerous player.

“I’m super proud of how far he’s come and they love him down at Port Adelaide.”

After Ryder, along with defender Dougal Howard, was traded to St Kilda, Marshall took on the number four guernsey to succeed his close friend.

“I loved it,” he said.

“When they told me about it, I was a proud big brother.

“I felt I played my best footy wearing that number four jumper and my connection with him to step into that, I’m really proud to see him run around in that jumper.

“It’s pretty special.”

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