Port’s midfield: one of the League’s best

BY – JACKSON CLARK

TWITTER – @JClark182

 

Port Adelaide is quickly forming one of the most exciting midfields in the competition.

It is a remarkable turnaround considering only a couple of years ago the football club was on the ropes and according to some looked to have a bleak future.

The recruitment of South Australian junior Jared Polec from the Brisbane Lions during the pre-season could prove to be a masterstroke.

Polec was a star junior footballer and was taken at selection number five in the 2010 National Draft.

But the midfielder failed to make an impact at the Lions with homesickness and injuries a key factor.

The move to the Power looks to have rejuvenated his football with his pre-season and Round One form a highlight.

Polec’s emergence will create headaches for opposition coaches when planning which midfielder to tag.

Captain Travis Boak had a career-best year last season and can tear a game to shreds if he is allowed to roam free.

Ollie Wines is a prototype bullocking inside midfielder who took the competition by storm in his first season.

If his game against Carlton last Sunday is any indication, he is showing no signs of the dreaded second-year blues.

Expect Chad Wingard to spend more time through the midfield this season after his All-Australian breakout year in 2013.

Hamish Hartlett adds silk and poise to the on-ball brigade while Brad Ebert, Robbie Gray and Angus Monfries can all pinch-hit through the midfield.

The engine room is the building block to creating a premiership contending side and Port may be closer than what many think.

About Jackson Clark

Born and bred in Darwin, Northern Territory, I am a young, aspiring football writer that lives and breathes the game of Australian Football. I'm also a keen player and coach.

Comments

  1. John Butler says

    JC, from what I saw Sunday night I have to agree. They looked classy and quick.

    Helped no doubt by having a clear idea of how they want to play. Kudos K Hinkley.

    A team to watch.

  2. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Unfortunately totally agree Matt White was up or at the front at Richmond re all running tests he has made the point he is astounded how far back he is at Port
    I reckon that is vital in that it is how many elite runners they have which enables them to bust games wide open late in the game that is there vital ingredient

  3. Stainless says

    I’m not sure what the SA “experts” have predicted about Port this year but I reckon the Victorian media have shown massive disrespect for them by almost universally tipping them to drop out of the 8 this year.

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