MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Jason Horne-Francis of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during the round seven AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on April 30, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

North Melbourne's No.1 Pick Jason Horne-Francis is reportedly expected to request a trade to Port Adelaide.

As first revealed by AFL.com.au's Callum Twomey, the Power are strongly pushing for the teenager's signature, who has weighed up a return to his home state of South Australia.

Horne-Francis has been linked to a return to SA throughout this season, with reports suggesting the South Adelaide product has been unsettled at Arden Street.

In a statement released by the club on Sunday night, Roos talent manager Brady Rawlings said the club weigh up its options.

“Jason is contracted for next year, we've invested significantly in him as our first-ever No.1 pick just 12 months ago and we view him as a key part of the club's plans going forward,” Rawlings said.

“We appreciate Jason's circumstances but at the same time we're determined to look after the best interests of North Melbourne.”

The contested ball-winner was revealed to have held off contract talks with the Roos mid-season when the club looked to open discussions around an extension to his rookie contract.

It'll likely take a substantial package for the Power to lure Horne-Francis to Alberton Oval in 2022.

Port Adelaide currently holds Picks 8, 27, 54, 57 and 81 for the 2022 National Draftm and their 2023 selections.

The Power are already in business with West Coast in their attempts to acquire premiership Eagle Junior Rioli, while Geelong's Esava Ratugolea and delisted Cat Francis Evans have also been linked to the club.

Horne-Francis played 17 games in his debut season with the Roos, averaging 16.53 disposals and 3.47 clearances per game.