Mitch Georgiades lines up for goal during the Marsh Community Series match between Brisbane and Port Adelaide. Picture: AFL Photos

PORT Adelaide power forward Charlie Dixon expects new teammate and draft bolter Mitch Georgiades to mount a challenge for a round one spot.

Georgiades is part of the latest exciting batch of Power draftees, after a season where top-20 picks Connor Rozee, Zak Butters and Xavier Duursma shone brightly on debut.

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A serious quad injury ruined the 18-year-old's final junior season but he impressed enough across his first summer as an AFL footballer to play in Port's Marsh Community Series opener.


Georgiades' numbers in the 21-point win over Brisbane won't blow anyone away (nine disposals, two marks and two behinds) but it's the way he went about it that caught Dixon's attention.

"He's jumping at everything and he's just running around playing football, as young kids do," Dixon told SEN radio.

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"He's got an enormous leap on him and he's got no fear – it doesn't matter what's in front of him. He cleaned me up a couple of times at the weekend.


"He just jumps at the football and he's going to be a handful. You love blokes who are just going to throw their body into the contest and it doesn't matter who's in front of them or whatever."

Dixon himself played a career-low nine senior games in 2019 after a horrific leg fracture ended his previous campaign then lingered into last year, before he suffered an accompanying ankle setback.

Twelve months on, the 29-year-old is fresh from effectively a full pre-season – off the track only on "management days" – and he hit the ground running with four goals against the Lions.


"I've really enjoyed being out there and being a part of the group," he said.

"Last year I had probably four weeks of football before I came back and played … there are always those doubts (when that happens), so to be able to know I've done the work is good for the brain."

Dixon is sure to be an integral part of the Power's plans in attack but how it will look around him remains to be seen.

Charlie Dixon proved too strong for Brisbane to handle. Picture: AFL Photos

Rozee kicked a team-high 29 goals last season, Brad Ebert made a seamless transition from the midfield, Robbie Gray spends considerable time there, and tall utility Justin Westhoff is another option.

Developing key forwards Todd Marshall and Georgiades could also come into calculations, along with top draft pick Miles Bergman, who is recovery from an ankle injury.

"We're in a good position at the moment, because we have a lot of players putting their hands up – and that's what you want," Dixon said.

"I like having a couple of talls around me but we've got one more (Marsh) game to work that out. I like having Toddy there, as well as Georgiades and 'Ebo'.

"There's a long list I'd like to have next to me but the way our structure is, you can't have everyone there … (but) I'm really excited to see what we can throw together."

Port Adelaide narrowly missed the finals in four of the past five seasons – making the post-season back in 2017 – but Dixon feels his side is finally ready to perform this year.

Part of that confidence stems from defender Tom Jonas, who has assumed the outright captaincy after sharing it with Ollie Wines last year.

" 'TJ', the way he holds himself, it's a 'no bullshit' sort of thing," Dixon said.

"That's the way he plays and it's just who he is and you know what you're going to get from him, day in and day out.

"I think he's grown in his leadership over the last 12 months … he's our man and I'm pumped to have him as our captain."