The opening round is almost upon us and another solid pre-season performance from Dom Barry last week has the 24 year-old in the mix to make his Power debut in round one as Port Adelaide host Fremantle at Adelaide Oval.
Given an AFL lifeline by the Power with pick 61 in the 2017 draft the speedster has trained impressively and performed solidly in pre-season fixtures against West Coast and Adelaide.
The former Demon finished the day against the Crows with 15 disposals but it was his speed and ability to break the lines which has Port fans excited about what he can potentially add to the midfield mix at AFL level in 2018.
Competition for spots
The last time Port Adelaide played an AFL game was the 2017 Elimination final. From that side Jarman Impey has departed and Jasper Pittard will be unavailable for selection with a hamstring injury.
The Power list underwent significant change in the off-season. With Travis Boak, Tom Rockliff and Sam Powell-Pepper who all missed the clash with the Crows expected to be available for the season opener the competition for spots will be hotly contested.
Putting together the best 22 for Port Adelaide is no easy task but Dom Barry is ticking many boxes that has him in the selection conversation.
Importantly the midfielder has impressed Ken Hinkley who was full of praise for the midfielder after the first JLT clash with West Coast.
“He did some really nice things.That’s what he has been doing all pre-season, which is great for Dom. Hopefully that leads to more opportunities for him moving forward”
A great comeback story
Dom Barry made his AFL debut for the Demons in 2014 and played five games before calling time on his AFL career despite signing a contract extension earlier in the year.
"The reason I'm leaving is because I just don't have the passion to pIay AFL anymore I want to be closer to family and try and find something that I'm very passionate about”
After spending a year playing local football in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjar and even working as a school bus driver the 24 year-old joined Glenelg for the 2016 season.
An impressive season prompted the Power to take a punt with Recruiting Manager Geoff Parker delighted with the acquisition. “He brings genuine speed on the outside, he’s a consistent ball-winner who carries the ball and delivers it long inside 50.”
In a week we will know if Dom Barry has made the cut for round one selection. If not you feel it is only a matter of time before he gets his chance to shine again on the AFL stage.