Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel has been touted as a fitting target for Port Adelaide ahead of this season's exchange period.

Power great Kane Cornes suggested his former club should look to acquire the Bombers star in what would act as a win-win exchange.

Shiel has been limited to opportunities this season, playing just the six games due to a knee injury sustained in Round 2.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Dylan Shiel of the Bombers looks dejected after defeat during the round 6 AFL match between Essendon and Collingwood at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The former Giant arrived at Tullamarine ahead of the 2019 season, with the Bombers forking up two first-round selections in a deal to lure Shiel to Victoria.

The 28-year-old has been a key pillar in Essendon's midfield since arriving at the club, however this season looks to be placed further back in the pecking order due to the form of his fellow Bombers onballers.

Darcy Parish has had a breakout campaign in 2021, which has placed him in All-Australian discussions, while Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer look to be playing their best brand of football.

The trio, along with young gun Andrew McGrath, have commanded positions in Ben Rutten's engine room, prompting concerns for Shiel's position since returning from injury in Round 19.

With this in mind, Cornes believed the Power should pick up the phone and contact Essendon in regard to a deal for Shiel.

Speaking in SEN, the Port Adelaide games record holder put light to Shiel's link to South Australia as a possible lure for the midfielder, while his arrival would also aid the Power's list.

“If you could convince Dylan Shiel, I know he’s had his injury worries and there’s a large contract there but you could get Essendon to pay some of that," Cornes said.

“There is a South Australian connection with Dylan Shiel because he’s engaged to Mark Williams’ daughter and a lot of their family lives in South Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Dylan Shiel of the Bombers looks dejected after the round one AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Essendon Bombers at GIANTS Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“Dylan Shiel is definitely someone for Port Adelaide that I would have a conversation with. He’s a star and he’s a great person.

“I know being contracted makes it difficult, but if I was Port Adelaide he’s one I’d look at to at least have a chat with.

“I think he would fit in beautifully. Now, I don’t know if he’s open to a move, but he’s definitely one I’d have a look at.”

Currently signed to the Bombers for a further three years past 2021, any deal would see the Bombers demanding valuable assets in return given what they parted with to land Shiel.

The Bombers have made it clear they will look to add to their key position stocks for the future, with Port Adelaide currently boasting as the home to both Mitch Georgiades and Todd Marshall.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Todd Marshall of the Power kicks during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Port Adelaide Power at Marvel Stadium on August 03, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Whether any deal between the two clubs will transpire remains to be seen, but it would likely cost the Power a key figure or high-end draft pick(s) in return.