Rockliff gets leadership role

07 February 2018 22:09:00 GMTPlus10

Tom Rockliff has gone straight into Port Adelaide's leadership group following his arrival from Brisbane.

The former Lions skipper has been welcomed into the group by Power captain Travis Boak. The 27-year-old had shown during his time with Brisbane that he was a big presence on the field, said Boak, who has been the club's skipper since 2013.

Rockliff played 154 games with the Lions before signing a four-deal with the Power at the end of last season. He spent 2015 and 2016 as the club skipper before being replaced by Dayne Beams last year.

"For him to help a lot of our younger guys through the midfield and certainly go forward and help direct, that's where he stands out the most," said Boak.

"He's done a lot of training over the last four, five weeks since he's come back from the shoulder (injury), and you can see straight away, he's out there directing, telling people where to go. That's why he's a quality leader."

Rockliff, who's been on a modified training program following shoulder surgery, was voted into the group by his fellow players.

Power coach Ken Hinkley and Boak, who's now the longest-serving captain in the Power's AFL existence, left it up to Rockliff to decide if he wanted to take on the extra responsibility in his first season at a new club.

Rockliff said he'd arrived with no expectations of being in the group, but added he did feel he had something to prove at the Power.

The other new man in the club's leadership group is key forward Charlie Dixon who had a career-best season in 2017, booting 49 goals and finishing runner-up to Paddy Ryder in the club's best and fairest count.

Port Adelaide are 10/1 to win the Grand Final and 11/8 to finish in the top four.

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