Port Adelaide are reportedly bracing for external interest in out-of-favour forward Mitch Georgiades.
The 20-year-old has recently been placed on the outskirts of Ken Hinkley's senior side, having been relegated to the SANFL last weekend.
Georgiades booted a team-high two goals in the 31-point loss to Sturt, with the emerging forward failing to gain a reprieve for Round 22 of the AFL season.
Despite being listed as an emergency for Sunday's clash with Essendon at Marvel Stadium, Georgiades is likely to feature in the SANFL for the fourth time this year.
Speaking to media on Friday, Hinkley revealed his fringe forward is needing to correct his "conversion issues" to regain a spot in his side.
"We expect him to play (in the SANFL over the weekend)," Hinkley said.
"He has had conversion issues this year but we know he’s a high-quality young player.
"He’s part of our future and we want him in the side."
While being contracted for next season, Georgiades is believed to be on the radar of rival clubs given his position in Port Adelaide's pecking order.
Todd Marshall's breakout campaign has only hindered Georgiades' opportunity at AFL level, while recruit Jeremy Finlayson and spearhead Charlie Dixon have shared ruck-forward duties in 2022.
According to News Corp, the South Australian side are prepared to stave off keen suitors for their young star, even looking to tie Georgiades to a new deal before the start of next season.
Georgiades has played 45 games in three season at Alberton Oval, booting 32 goals last year alone to place third in the Rising Star voting behind Demon Luke Jackson and Giant Tom Green.
A Subiaco product, both Western Australian clubs could show interest in acquiring Georgiades, however Fremantle's bid to lure Jackson west will mean a pursuit of Georgiades is unlikely.
Having lost all-time goalkicker Josh Kennedy to retirement, Georgiades could look to fill a void in West Coast's forward third, joining veteran Jack Darling and young tall Oscar Allen at Lathlain.
The Power will also see Georgiades in their plans to replace Dixon however, with the youngster adding to a mouth-watering young tandem alongside Marshall for the years to come.