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New-look forward line taking shape

Lee Gaskin // afl.com.au  December 20, 2017 6:24 PM

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PORT Adelaide fans got their first look at what promises to be a potent forward line, with Charlie Dixon and Jack Watts working in tandem at training on Wednesday morning.

At an open session attended by about 1000 supporters at Alberton Oval, Dixon and Watts lined up alongside each other during match simulation.

Dixon played deeper most of the time during the 20-minute drill, although there were occasions he pushed up with Watts dropping back into space.

The Power are hoping the addition of Watts – acquired in a trade from Melbourne for the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft – will assist with their delivery into attack.

Dixon, 27, is coming off a career-best season after booting 49 goals and averaging 6.5 marks a game.

The pair also collided during an earlier contested ball drill with Watts keeping his feet after being on the end of a big bump from the 105kg Dixon.

Skipper Travis Boak appears to have recovered from a badly bruised hand.

Boak had his middle two fingers strapped on his right hand, but had no trouble training and slotting a goal from the boundary.

Gun recruit Tom Rockliff was also in the thick of the action through the midfield, showing no effects of off-season shoulder surgery, although he had limited involvement in contact drills.

Not all of the Power's big guns were on the track.

Former Geelong speedster Steven Motlop and midfield bull Sam Powell-Pepper were walking laps together.

All Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder was on light duties, completing some sprints, agility running drills and laps of the oval.

Defenders Hamish Hartlett, Darcy Byrne-Jones and Jasper Pittard were on similar programs.

Matthew Broadbent was running laps at three-quarter pace as he continues to build back to full fitness after struggling with an ankle injury at the end of last season.

All Australian forward and three-time club champion Robbie Gray took part in the majority of the session, but didn't complete the match simulation.

He instead did extra running with key defender Jack Hombsch – who had hip surgery in July – and vice-captain Ollie Wines.

Gray had surgery for testicular cancer in September followed by a bout of chemotherapy as a precaution.

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