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Gruelling training camp has Horne-Francis fit and firing ahead of 2024 season

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Port Adelaide young gun Jason Horne-Francis could be primed to take his game to another level after undertaking a gruelling training regime with an experienced teammate in the United States.

The 20-year-old Wardaman man travelled to the US with Travis Boak for a Red Bull training camp, returning in excellent physical condition.

"They (training sessions) were hard – it was the first time actually vomiting while training," Horne-Francis told 7News.

"My dad talks to me a lot (saying) that it's 80 per cent in your head and 20 per cent what you can do on the field.

"I've learnt that really quickly, especially moving clubs, I've been talking to a lot of people and Kenny (Hinkley) has been a big help to me as well."

Horne-Francis had an excellent first season at the Power after a much-publicised move from North Melbourne, where he was originally selected by the club with the first pick in the 2022 AFL National Draft.

Last year, he quickly established himself as one of the most damaging and exciting young players in the competition playing 24 games and finishing with 16 votes in the Brownlow Medal.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley told AFL.com.au that he expects big things from his star young player in 2024.

Jason Horne-Francis had an excellent 2023 season for Port Adelaide. (Image: Matt Turner/AAP)

"His training's at a level he's never been to before," Hinkley said.

"First and foremost he's had a summer – that would be a critical piece.

"He came to us and had these two massive scars on the back of his legs and he basically didn't train until February, then he had to play an AFL season with an incredible amount of scrutiny on him."

Horne-Francis is a dynamic midfielder with the rare ability to break a game open with his athleticism and long kicking.

He finished the season with 422 disposals and recorded the maximum three Brownlow votes on four occasions last season, against Brisbane (Round 1), St Kilda (Round 7), Geelong (Round 14) and Greater Western Sydney (Round 22).

Hinkley said that he was excited with what Horne-Francis had shown so far during his short career.

"There's times where players have had to deal with big, big moments in their careers and he's one who, at 19 years of age, was being challenged more than most," he said.

"But to go through that season and deliver what he delivered in his first season back at Port Adelaide set us on a path of excitement of what we think he might be able to achieve.

"He is an impact player currently and he needs to be a full-game player for us and to grow his ability to play forward of the ball, on-ball and to become more dangerous in other areas of the game will be also important for him."

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