Power heroes not needed - Motlop

19 December 2017 23:21:15 GMTPlus11

Port Adelaide's way forward is to focus on a team-first mentality, says recruit Steven Motlop.

The Power have made significant additions to their playing list in the off-season, in the expectation that they will challenge for the premiership in 2018.

Motlop's joined the likes of former Brisbane Lions skipper Tom Rockliff, Melbourne utility Jack Watts and former Dees co-captain Jack Trengove, North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas and Gold Coast defender Trent McKenzie.

Port finished fifth last season but were then knocked out in the first week of the finals when they lost at home to West Coast in a match that went to extra time.

They've made big moves since the end of their campaign, one of them being to hand Motlop a four-year deal.

The forward/midfielder, who signed for Ken Hinkley's club after spending his first eight AFL seasons with Geelong, says it's vital the new players buy into the Power's philosophies.

"We've got to come in and learn how to be a Port Adelaide player and bond with everyone and try to play our roles; we don't need one big hero coming in and taking the whole game over," said the 26-year-old, who booted 175 goals in 135 games for the Cats.

"We want everyone to play their role and we can win as a team, and we can lose as a team, as well."

Motlop was chased by cross-town rivals Adelaide and Gold Coast before deciding to join Port Adelaide.

He said it felt like the right fit, and is looking forward to playing a variety of roles.

"I want to be a well-rounded player who can play forward, on the wing and definitely in the midfield," he added. "Sometimes playing as a forward, all forwards will say it, you can drift in and out of games.

"You've just got to keep playing your role and when you get your opportunities, you have to take them."

Port Adelaide are 250/1 to win the 2018 Grand Final.

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