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Aussie Rules: Port starlet ready to step up

Port Adelaide starlet Zak Butters says he is ready to rise to the challenge of playing more minutes in midfield during the 2022 AFL campaign.

The Power are priced at 9/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and Butters is in line to play a key role as part of the club's on-ball brigade in the new campaign.

More minutes

Port have relied heavily on experienced midfielders such as Ollie Wines, Travis Boak and Robbie Gray in recent seasons but now there are some exciting youngsters coming through.

Butters is one of them while Xavier Duursma and Connor Rozee are also expected to get more game-time in the season ahead.

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The elevation will bring more pressure but the 21-year-old is relishing the challenge and says he is determined to grab the opportunity with both hands.

"I don't see it as pressure, it is more of a challenge," Butters told reporters on Monday. "As athletes, that challenge is something I look forward to.

"I get out of bed wanting to get better, to improve and to show what I can do. That is exciting for me it's a great opportunity for me and the younger guys, that is how we see it.

"You have to be rocking up every day fighting for that role and that is what we have at the moment."

Ready to bounce back

A strong 2021 AFL season came to an abrupt and highly disappointing end as the Power suffered a 71-point defeat against the Western Bulldogs in the preliminary final.

Butters says the players are keen to get out their and right the wrongs of last season.

"After the way we went out last year, we just want to get back to playing footy and some good footy," he added. "We have worked on things we needed to work on and we are now looking forward to putting that out on the field on game day."

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