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Watts could be Port's prime mover: Nicks

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Jack Watts could be deployed into Port's midfield this year
We'd love to have his ball use through the middle of the ground at times
Matthew Nicks on Jack Watts

PORT Adelaide is toying with the idea of using gun recruit Jack Watts through the midfield in spurts to capitalise on his quality delivery.

Power fans will get their first look at the former No.1 draft pick when he lines up for the club in the inaugural AFLX tournament at Hindmarsh Stadium on Thursday night.

Watts is likely to spend most of his time this year as the second tall in the Power's forward line alongside spearhead Charlie Dixon.

But Power senior assistant coach Matthew Nicks said the 26-year-old - who played 153 games for Melbourne before moving to SA during last year's NAB AFL Trade Period - could be used in a variety of roles.

"He's a ball user so we want to get him where the ball is," Nicks said on Wednesday. 

"There will be different spots we look at, we definitely haven't locked him in as a forward. 

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"Nowadays, there are different roles within your team that aren't necessary classed forward or mid.

"We'd love to have his ball use through the middle of the ground at times, so it's something we'll look at." 

Watts was unavailable for the Power's intra-club trial last weekend, as was All Australian small forward Robbie Gray. 

Gray will captain the Power's AFLX squad after making a full recovery from a cancer scare. 

"You wouldn't say he (Gray) is a natural talker, but he definitely leads by example," said Nicks. 

"This was an opportunity to get some work into him and the leadership side of things gave him a chance to work on that." 

"I think it's great to take him out of his comfort zone." 

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While Adelaide and West Coast have selected mostly younger AFLX squads, the Power have gone with a nice blend of experience and up-and-comers. 

Nicks said it was a deliberate ploy to help those who haven't played at AFL level before making a steady transition.

"It's a chance to have a look at some younger guys, but we wanted to keep enough experience in the team so that they weren't thrown out in the deep end," Nicks said. 

"What you find, when you get out in the bright lights, anything from 10,000 to 15,000 people, the mind changes things. 

"Some of our young guys who have been training really well, we'd love to see them in that pressure environment.

"They'll be some real pressure on, because it's one-on-one in a smaller field. 

"We've played (AFLX) at least once a week. 

"We've challenged the boys, if you want to be selected, show us you have what it takes. 

"Some of our selections have been picked on guys who are good enough to play the game.

"We'll think we'll have a reasonably strong side."