Port Adelaide winger Karl Amon has chosen to pursue AFL free agency, and his departure opens up a spot in Ken Hinkley’s side.
It was something all Port Adelaide supporters knew deep down, Karl Amon was leaving the club. The longer the 27-year-old remained unsigned, the more ominous it became he would decide to depart the club.
That has turned out to be true, but as they say, when one door closes, another one opens. In this case, a spot in Port Adelaide’s side for next season has opened up.
The winger remained professional throughout the year, turned in some good performances, and capped it off with a 34 disposal, one-goal game against Adelaide in Showdown 52.
With Amon returning home to Victoria, who on Port Adelaide’s list could take over his spot?
The Inner Sanctum has identified three options to replace Amon on the wing.
The forgotten man of Port Adelaide’s 2021 draft class. Taken with Pick 12, the 19-year-old only played one game in 2022, the Round 2 belting at the hands of Hawthorn, before injuries halted his season.
During Port’s preseason, we saw Sinn’s quality. His pace and dynamic left foot left us thinking he could be a serious player for the club.
While still raw in terms of AFL experience, having him on a wing will utilize his speed, and superb field kicking could be a valuable weapon for Ken Hinkley in 2023.
He is in a similar mould to Amon in terms of his raking left foot. He possesses more speed and could be an exciting watch next season if given the game time. We know Hinkley isn’t afraid to give games to younger players, and Sinn could prove to be the ideal replacement for Karl Amon.
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The 23-year-old was often used off half-back this season due to his sublime left foot. He has been deployed on a wing at various stages, and with Port Adelaide’s embarrassment of riches at half back, a move to the wing could be forthcoming.
We know how important it is for teams to get goals out of the midfield group. Farrell is a goal-kicking option too, tallying 11 this season. The silky left-footer can be a serious offensive weapon higher up the ground.
His field kicking is first class, and Port struggled at stages this year hitting targets in the forward half. Having a player like Farrell, with his dynamic left foot, could set up numerous attacking forays for Port.
Whether his engine is big enough to go there full time is unknown, but he could be a valuable option for Ken Hinkley.
A little left field, but Jase Burgoyne has all the traits of his father and uncle at AFL level. The smooth-moving 19-year-old is a good ball user who always makes the right decision with ball in hand.
A move further up the ground where he can do more damage could be worth exploring over the preseason for Ken Hinkley. He can be just as damaging by hand or foot, has the grace and guile to weave through the traffic he will inevitably encounter in the midfield.
Burgoyne is lightly built, which develop with another preseason under his belt, but he possesses great pace and the required football IQ necessary to be effective on a wing at AFL level. He played eight games in 2022 and looks sure to cement his place in the Port Adelaide side for the next decade.
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