THE Power will be around the mark this season given that a lot of their young talent continue to improve.
Mitch Banner has been mighty impressive over the pre-season. The former Western Jet is sure to make his AFL debut early in the season. Hamish Hartlett and Danyle Pearce will also be promising. Dean Brogan is still the Power’s most important player; Particularly now that Brendan Lade has retired. The big ruckman along with Warren Tredrea will need to stand up this season amongst the club’s young guns. Cameron Cloke is a real x-factor for the Power. He must first be elevated from the rookie list but he could provide some firepower up forward.
On-field: Jay Schulz, Jay Nash (Exchange Period), John Butcher, Andrew Moore, Jasper Pittard (NAB AFL Draft), Scott Harding (NAB AFL Pre-season Draft), Cameron Hitchcock, Daniel Webb, Cameron Cloke, Glenn Dawson (NAB AFL Rookie Draft), Daniel Bass (Three-year Non-registered selection), Jordan Johns (NSW Scholarship Program)
Off-field: Dean Laidley (assistant coach), Garry Hocking (development coach)
B: Paul Stewart, Alipate Carlile, Jacob Surjan
HB: Nathan Krakouer, Troy Chaplin, Chad Cornes
C: David Rodan, Dom Cassisi, Steven Salopek
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Kane Cornes
F: Daniel Motlop, Warren Tredrea, Jay Schulz
Foll: Dean Brogan, Travis Boak, Danyle Pearce
I/C: Scott Harding, Mitch Banner, Brett Ebert, Hamish Hartlett
Our crystal ball: They made the semi finals of the NAB Cup and surprised many football experts with their fast-paced development. Garry Hocking has come on board as an assistant coach and helped with fast tracking this development. It has meant the likes on Banner, Paul Stewart and Scott Harding are likely to play a massive part for the Power this season. They will be a danger again but inexperience could mean they just miss out on the September action. Prediction: 9th