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Port to atone for wasted AFL season: Jonas

By AAP Newswire

Newly installed Port Adelaide co-captain Tom Jonas believes the frustration of a wasted opportunity to play finals last season will spur the Power back up the AFL ladder in 2019.

Port were a game clear in fourth spot after round 16 last year but lost six of their remaining seven games to slump to 10th with a disappointing 12-10 record.

Jonas knows that finish fell well below expectations and has ratcheted up the pressure going into Ken Hinkley's seventh season in charge.

"On the back of the collapse in the second half of last year we feel like we've got a point to prove ... we probably wasted a season," Jonas told AAP.

"We were in a really positive position and we let it slip away ... on one hand that was disappointing, but there were a lot of positives to take out of it.

"There is a little bit of external pressure but there's just as much inside because we feel like we've got a good group and we have underachieved a little bit.

"We're really looking to make amends."

The Power will need to climb back up the ladder without star players Chad Wingard and Jared Polec, who were somewhat surprisingly traded away to Hawthorn and North Melbourne respectively.

But Port appear to have drafted very shrewdly, with youngsters Xavier Duursma, Connor Rozee and Zak Butters in the frame to see early AFL action, along with experienced recruits Scott Lycett and Ryan Burton.

Jonas will lead the charge with fellow skipper Ollie Wines in a move that broke with tradition and dismayed sections of the club's fan base.

"I wasn't too concerned ... we've got really passionate and proud supporters and a really strong tradition," Jonas said of the backlash.

"So they have the right to have their say and voice their concerns but I think it was also widely supported as well.

"There was obviously a lot of discussion about it from the board level to the members.

"We felt like it was the best move for the club."