AFL Rd 7 - Carlton v Port Adelaide
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: Robbie Gray of Port Adelaide celebrates kicking the match winning goal during the round 7 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Port Adelaide Power at The Gabba on July 19, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide is coming off a relatively good 2021 having made a home Preliminary Final for the second year in a row.

However, it would be wrong to say that their season was a major success given their 71-point drubbing at the hand of the Bulldogs in the Preliminary Final.

As the 2022 season approaches, the Power will be hoping their brigade of young talent, mixed with their off-season inclusions of Jeremy Finlayson and Josh Sinn, will be able to push them to the next level.

With a tonne of pressure now mounting for Ken Hinkley the Alberton side is no longer seen as a dark horse in September, but rather a genuine contender.

Ins: Jase Burgoyne (National Draft), Jeremy Finlayson (GWS Giants), Hugh Jackson (National Draft), Josh Sinn (National Draft), Sam Skinner (Brisbane Lions), Dante Visentini (National Draft), Trent Dumont (Rookie Draft), Sam Mayes (Rookie Draft)

Outs: Trent Burgoyne (delisted), Joel Garner (delisted), Tyson Goldsack (delisted), Hamish Hartlett (delisted), Peter Ladhams (Sydney Swans), Jarrod Lienert (delisted), Tom Rockliff (retired), Boyd Woodcock (delisted)

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Last Season

2021 presented the Power with a terrific opportunity to go all the way and claim the second premiership in their history.

They managed a three-point win against the struggling Bulldogs in Round 23 of the home and away season, securing a top 2 spot with a record of 17-5.

Consolidating the hopes of their fans, Hinkley's side made it through to a Preliminary Final where they would be heavy favourites against the Bulldogs.

Of course, such hope quickly turned into despair for the diehard Power fans.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Peter Ladhams and Charlie Dixon of the Power look dejected after losing the AFL Second Preliminary Final match between Port Adelaide Power and Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval on September 11, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
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