An 0-5 start to the season all but ended Port Adelaide's finals hopes for 2022, and, despite a much-improved rest of the season, Ken Hinkley's side would finish in 11th with a 10-12 record - eight points outside the top eight.

The disappointing season has left fans restless after making back-to-back preliminary final appearances in 2020 and 2021.

In terms of departures, superstar Robbie Gray have retired, as has veteran small forward Steven Motlop.

Wingman Karl Amon expressed his desire to explore the free agency market, with a move to Hawthorn on the cards, while the club also announced the delistings of former Lions pair Sam Mayes and Sam Skinner, and untried father-son rookie Taj Schofield.

The Power will be desperate for a better start to 2023 as they seek a return to September action.

We've compiled a list, in no particular order, of five targets that Port Adelaide could target this off-season to help them rebound next year.


3. Tom Highmore (St Kilda)

An out-of-contract South Australian that could be on the move is St Kilda intercept defender Tom Highmore.

The 24-year-old has been starved of opportunity at the Saints this season with the rise of Callum Wilkie and Josh Battle keeping him on the outer.

With the likes of Tom Jonas, Tom Clurey and Trent McKenzie in their late 20s and early 30s, the Power could look to restocking their defensive figures this offseason.

At 193cm, Highmore can play taller than his size but has largely been used as an intercept defender but could thrive under a more important defensive role at the Power.

He wouldn't cost the Power much in terms of capital, with Highmore only featuring three times at AFL level this year after playing 13 in his debut season last year.

Highmore has been impressive at VFL level for Sandringham, where he has shown that he is too good to be stuck at that level so a move could do him the world should he seek one.

In his three games, Highmore has averaged 14.3 disposals, 1.7 intercept marks and 2.3 spoils per game in what were handy performances.

Like Acres, there haven't been any official links to the Power for Highmore, but he is certainly an option that could be explored.

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