Chad Wingard and Port Adelaide have good reasons to smile heading into 2015. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia
FOOTY expert David King says Port Adelaide will win the 2015 premiership — but they can't take anything for granted.
King says Paddy Ryder is the final piece of the premiership puzzle Ken Hinkley has been piecing together for the past two years.
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A second AFL premiership would complete a remarkable rise for Port Adelaide, which won just five games in 2012.
Writing in Footy15, the North Melbourne premiership wingman says Port has "no real weaknesses".
"If the Power want it badly enough the premiership can be theirs," King says.
"Every recruiting decision Port Adelaide has made has been brilliant. Jason Cripps and his merry men have built the platform for a sustained successful period."
Herald Sun chief football writer Mark Robinson says Port is the best placed side to knock off established favourites Hawthorn and Sydney.
"God help everyone else if they finish one or two and host home finals," he says.
Former Bomber Paddy Ryder adds flexibility to Port Adelaide's line-up. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia
Of the Herald Sun's 20 experts surveyed in the magazine, four — led by King — are tipping a Port Adelaide flag.
But King says cross-town rival Adelaide provides a warning against taking the rise for granted.
"There are no guarantees in AFL football. The Crows were in an identical situation in 2012. Just pause and consider where they've been since."
Read the full Port Adelaide preview, expert crystal ball and 84 pages of the best AFL analysis in Footy15 — $2 with your Saturday Herald SunOriginally published as Port will win the flag: King