PORT Adelaide midfielder Tom Rockliff has declared he'll be ready to go for the start of next season as he ramps up his training after a third bout of shoulder surgery.

"I'll be right for round one," Rockliff told reporters from the Power's pre-season camp on the Sunshine Coast on Monday.

"I'll be pretty much full training (when we return after the Christmas break).

When the whips are cracking, I'll be there.

- Tom Rockliff

The 29-year-old has been on non-contact training during the pre-season as his left shoulder heals from the Latarjet-Bristow procedure he had in September.

The procedure involved taking a piece of bone from one part of the shoulder and attaching it to the front of the shoulder socket to act as a barrier to block the shoulder from slipping out of the socket.

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"The first two times I had the full reconstruction and last season I had the latarjet surgery, which is a quicker recovery time, but a bit more major surgery," he said.

"I've ticked all the boxes along the way, it's just about continuing to build the strength back and now the left side is just a little bit not as strong as the right side.

"Just trying to balance that out and get up to strength as quick as we can."

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Rockliff has got through plenty of running and completed all of the sessions so far.

The next step is resuming contact work and spending more time with the midfield group under the watch of assistant coach Jarrad Schofield.

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"I've done pretty much all the training throughout the summer," he said.

"I'd like to do a little bit more midfield work with Jarrad Schofield, but I'll be out of the pink hat just after Christmas.

"Once the hat comes off, I think I've set a really good foundation base to have a really big post-Christmas period and hopefully a really big season as well."


Rockliff averaged 28.4 disposals per game in 18 appearances for the Power last season.

He's been pleased with how the Power have trained during the pre-season and believes they're capable of rising up the ladder next year.

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"The guys that are often spoken about – Dan Houston, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Karl Amon – that are going to take us to that next level have been really good," Rockliff said.

"Across the group, I don't think anyone came back in bad shape.

"It sets up a really good foundation for us to go to that next level and we feel like we're ready to pounce in 2020."