Chad Cornes says Captain Connor Rozee is likely to be in contention to return for Sunday's game against GWS. Image: PAFC.

PORT ADELAIDE Assistant Coach Chad Cornes says he expects captain Connor Rozee to be available to face Greater Western Sydney on Sunday afternoon.

Rozee missed the loss to Carlton before the bye after suffering a sprained ankle, and has had an interrupted six-week block following a separate hamstring issue.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Cornes was less confident on forward Willie Rioli who is working his way back from a calf injury.

Cornes also discussed where the side can improve in the second half of the season, the honest chats he has had with forward Charlie Dixon and how he sees the Giants ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sydney.

Chad Cornes addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Image: AFL Photos.

Chad Cornes on how the side has returned after the bye:

“We had a good week off. The boys had four or five days off away from here, and then got straight back into mid-season reviews, especially from coaches - some really detailed meetings looking at where we can improve.

“Eight and four has been a solid start but it’s nowhere near where we think we can get and where we want to get, but to still be in the top four this time of year with a lot of growth in our game, we think is a pretty positive place to be.”

 Chad Cornes on where the side can improve:

“I think everyone would talk about us being a really good offensive team, which we are, but I feel like it's been a little inconsistent so we're going to double down on the importance of our ball movement. I think that is one of the overall weapons, but (there have) been games where we've gone away from it, and the ball has become a bit stagnant, a bit too straight line. So, we’ve got a lot of weapons in terms of our offense, and we just need to see that more consistently.”

Chad Cornes with an update on Connor Rozee and Willie Rioli’s availability:

“I'm pretty sure Connor (Rozee) will play. Willie (Rioli) will have to get through a few more training sessions throughout the week so he's no certainty.”

Connor Rozee is expected to return from injury against GWS on Sunday. Image: AFL Photos.

 Chad Cornes on Charlie Dixon’s form and where Ollie Lord is at:

“Charlie, in terms of his body, is pretty strong. Charlie's a very honest person and very honest with himself, so he's definitely not happy with where he's at form wise, getting subbed out. You know, that's not where you want to be. But we had some really good chats, Kenny and myself with him last week. He's really clear on where he needs to get to. I still think he can be a really crucial part of our team going forward in terms of what he brings. But there's no doubt the last month of footy for him has been a little down on form from where he's been previously.

“We love everyone fit and firing. But he's an important player for what we need. In saying that, Ollie Lord's is coming really strong. His form in the SANFL last week was really good. He's almost getting back to full fitness and full confidence. So, you know, if Charlie's not there for whatever reason, I feel like, Lordy’s a really good replacement.”

Key forwards Charlie Dixon and Ollie Lord compete in the contest. Image: AFL Photos.

Chad Cornes on Todd Marshall’s form:

“The week before (last), he was outstanding. He's like the team as a whole, just looking for more consistency. His best is really good. He has to sort of (narrow) the gap between his really good and then the more quiet games. We love him, we feel like he's really, really important but he can find some more consistency, that's for sure. And that's for all the tall forwards.”

Chad Cornes on Greater Western Sydney:

“You can learn a bit from how teams have beaten them, but you study their best, you prepare for their best, and their best is as good as anyone. It's the tsunami, it's the way they move the footy, how they link up from half back. Obviously they’ve got great individual players that play really well as a team, so we'll prepare for their best, and like I said, learn from some of the results over the last few weeks too.”