Brad Ebert is back in training with Port Adelaide, and should be fit for the pre-season JLT Community Series.
The Power midfielder had shoulder surgery after his side's exit from the finals last September, when they lost to West Coast in an epic extra-time elimination final.
He has completed his rehab alongside marquee recruit Tom Rockliff, who also had a shoulder operation at around the same time.
The 27-year-old said the pair had supported each other through their recoveries, adding: "Now it's getting close to games, we're ready to go anyway. It's always the way, you sort of time it well."
Ebert was fifth in the Power's club champion award after an outstanding 2017 campaign that saw him average a career-high 24.7 possessions and 7.7 tackles per game.
They've made significant changes to their playing list ahead of the new campaign. Rockliff, ex-Geelong speedster Steven Motlop and former No.1 overall draft pick Jack Watts are among the 11 changes.
Ebert says the Power aren't worried that there are high expectations on them going into the new season.
"We will deal with that OK as the season goes on," he added. "At the moment, it's just about getting ourselves ready for games and then that will all take care of itself.
"We're not beating ourselves up and saying that we're going to be the best, we're not saying that we're not expecting anything. We're really just, at the moment, making sure we're in the best possible position to get some success and perform."
Port Adelaide are 250/1 to win the Grand Final and 50/1 to finish in the top four.
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