Port Adelaide have dumped key defender Alipate Carlile to the SANFL for 'failing to meet the club's fitness standards'.
According to coach Matthew Primus, who announced the demotion on Friday morning, Carlile has been unable to meet the targets set for him in the first half of 2012.
That means the 25-year-old, who last week played on athletic Hawthorn star Lance Franklin, will turn out for South Adelaide against Sturt on Saturday instead of Port against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.
"As a club, we've got very high standards and everyone needs to meet them," Primus said of Carlile, who had played every game so far this season including his 100th AFL appearance three weeks ago.
"Bobby (Carlile) has been playing a good role in defence for us this year, but we've got high physical expectations and he hasn't been able to get there.
"We're all working to improve as a team and a club and we're working with Alipate to get to where he needs to be."
Carlile was given the unenviable job of playing on Franklin last week at AAMI Stadium with the Hawks forward fresh from booting a career-best 13 goals eight days earlier against North Melbourne.
Franklin was nowhere near as damaging last Sunday but still managed a return of 4.4 in the Hawks' 46-point win.
Primus also dismissed any connection between Travis Boak being given a few days off in his native Melbourne as speculation continues over his future.
Boak, who is recovering from recent foot surgery, will return to Adelaide with his team-mates next week after they play the Bulldogs.The Victorian has been linked with a return home in 2013, with Geelong leading the pursuit of his services as he was drafted by the Power from the Geelong Falcons in 2006.