PORT ADELAIDE key forward Charlie Dixon says he would love for the AFL to reintroduce State of Origin football in the future.
Dixon believes it is something that both the fans and players want to see, and says pre-season is the perfect time to play it.
“I would have loved to be a part of that game,” Dixon told media at a press conference at Adelaide Oval promoting the Rugby League State of Origin which will be played in Adelaide later this year.
“It’s something the fans and players want.
“I think it was at the perfect time of the year to do it as well. Coming before the season, I think the way Rugby League do it is unreal.
“I’ve been to plenty of games up in Queensland when I was on the Gold Coast and the atmosphere is unreal.
“The intensity and atmosphere that the Queensland vs New South Wales in Origin brings is unreal.”
Dixon has kicked four goals in each of his two pre-season matches so far this year, but he is most happy with getting through the full games still fit and firing.
“It’s always good for the brain to be able have confidence in your body. Be able to move forward and just build on your game,” he said.
“Probably training more than anything and be able to have the footy in my hands a lot more than last year is going to help me massively.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Port Adelaide faces the Western Bulldogs in the final round of the Marsh Community Series in Whyalla on Saturday, and the key forward is looking for his side get keep improving heading into round 1.
“We want it to be pretty similar to our last game, a bit of continuity in what we are doing and try and win,” Dixon said.
“We are going to go with a fairly strong team. We have a lot of boys who are ready and fit.
“Blokes are going to miss out, but blokes will put their best foot forward, had a really good pre-season and they’ve shown that in games.”
The Power are hopeful of having four-time All-Australian Robbie Gray back in the line-up, and Dixon is excited to see how the side gels.
“We have a lot of young boys who are coming through as well which is good to see,” he said.
“Everyone in our forward line is very dangerous and it’s it what we want.
“It’s about picking the right team, and who works really well together.
“The side we had against the Lions was really good and all the boys responded after the first quarter and we were able to play we wanted to player throughout the last three quarters.”