AFL season preview 2014: Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide leapt up the ladder in stunning fashion in its first season under Ken Hinkley. Some brilliant young midfielders, and a couple of undervalued forwards can ensure the lofty standing is maintained.


Coach: Ken Hinkley

Captain: Travis Boak

Last five years: 10-10-16-14-5

Premierships: 1 (2004)

Key five: Chad Wingard, Travis Boak, Justin Westhoff, Hamish Hartlett, Robbie Gray.

One to watch: Jared Polec. A prized recruit, Port intend unlocking the potential which led to Brisbane drafting him with pick five in the 2010. The 21-year-old will get instant opportunities, with his speed on the outside of packs filling a midfield void.

Ins: Karl Amon (Sandringham U18), Darcy Byrne-Jones (Oakleigh U18), Mitch Harvey (North Adelaide SANFL), Jarman Impey (Murray U18), Jared Polec (Brisbane Lions), Matt White (Richmond).

Outs: Nathan Blee (delisted), Brett Ebert (retired), Nick Salter (delisted), Daniel Stewart (delisted), Matt Thomas (Richmond rookie list).

Best line-up:

B: Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlile, Tom Jonas

HB: Jasper Pittard, Cam O’Shea, Dom Cassisi

C: Jared Polec, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert

HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard

F: Angus Monfries, Jay Schulz, Jake Neade

R: Matthew Lobbe, Matthew Broadbent, Hamish Hartlett

I: Kane Cornes, Paul Stewart, Ollie Wines, Matt White

Predicted finish: 10th

Betting (Sportingbet)

To win the flag: $26

To make the top eight: $2.30

Ultimate midfielder:

Brad Ebert

After shifting from the Eagles to Port Adelaide at the end of 2011, Ebert has played every game and maintained an average of 99. His consistency and durability is a real feature of his game, and he tends to fly under the radar at Port with players like Travis Boak and Chad Wingard taking centre stage. As a result he rarely has to worry about being tagged. Ebert's a great no-nonsense fantasy option who reliably produces high scores.

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