PORT Adelaide will consider throwing key forward Charlie Dixon into the ruck to help kick-start his pre-season campaign.
Dixon has had a limited impact during the JLT Community Series, booting just one goal in the Power's two losses.
The 26-year-old has played solely as a forward since joining the Power at the end of 2015, but he has previously spent time in the ruck at Gold Coast.
Power assistant coach Nathan Bassett said Dixon could rotate with Patrick Ryder and Jackson Trengove in the ruck.
"I think Ken (coach Ken Hinkley) would probably be more open to it this year," Bassett told 5AA.
"We've got three big people who can play ruck and forward, between Ryder, Trengove and Dixon, you can certainly have those three guys moving through the key forward role and the ruck role for us.
"We're looking for more consistency from (Dixon) and this week is an important week for him."
The Power complete their preparations for round one when they take on Hawthorn at Hickinbotham Oval at Noarlunga on Sunday.
Dixon booted 30 goals in 18 game last season and underwent ankle surgery in November.
The Power's forward line has failed to fire so far as Dixon, Ryder, Trengove and rookie Brett Eddy learn to play together.
"It hasn't quite looked like it should just yet," Bassett said.
"They've been a little bit too much home and getting in each other's way.
"Charlie needs to play more footy and train more, he only trained for maybe two weeks before the first JLT.
"If he can start presenting and get some separation, then he can certainly be a valuable player for us."
Bassett confirmed defender Matthew Broadbent (hamstring) won't play against the Hawks, but he's expected to be fit for round one.