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Rockliff nominates Port as busy trade period looms

  • Rockliff nominates Port as busy trade period looms

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Tom Rockliff of the Lions celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 23 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

On Monday it was reported Tom Rockliff had nominated Port Adelaide as his club of choice and yesterday the Power confirmed the news officially.

General Manager Chris Davies was obviously delighted Rockliff expressed a desire to come to Alberton.

"We think Tom can add to a pretty strong midfield already. We're rapt we're in this position."

Brisbane have the opportunity to match the offer for the restricted free agent but have all but confirmed they will not stand in his way.

Rocky has plenty to offer

The 27 year-old has played 154 games for the Lions and was club captain for the 2015-16 seasons. A powerful midfielder who wins plenty of contested ball will be a welcome addition to the Port engine room as well as his ability to impact the scoreboard when playing forward.

In 2017 Rockliff was an important contributor for the Lions averaging 24 disposals from 20 games.The midfielder was still prolific around stoppages finishing the year ranked in the top 20 in the competition for total clearances.

It is a good CV on paper that includes an All-Australian selection in 2014 and two club champion awards. Rockliff will link up with former coach Michael Voss and will certainly be looking to enjoy some finals football after some lean years at the Lions.

Other targets

Jack Watts has been linked with a move but is considered more likely to remain in Melbourne despite plenty of speculation.

Steven Motlop is the other player Port Adelaide are actively chasing and Chris Davies certainly sounded confident on Trade Radio earlier this week that a move was a real possibility. "Steve Motlop has links to Port Adelaide with his brother and his cousin who have played at the club."

Motlop will tour Alberton and meet key Power stakeholders this week who will be doing their utmost to convince the Geelong speedster his future should be at Alberton.

Importantly Port Adelaide have the salary cap space despite what many in the media have reported in the last year.

On the move

With players coming in it is inevitable change to the playing list will take place. Nathan Krakouer has announced his retirement while Angus Monfries, Jimmy Toumpas and Matthew White are expected to be culled from the playing list.

Brendon AhChee and Aaron Young have expressed a desire to leave as they chase more regular AFL opportunities while Jackson Trengove has agreed to a four-year deal with the Western Bulldogs that may officially be announced as early as tomorrow.

Ruckman Matthew Lobbe is attracting interest from Brisbane with a deal expected to be completed and Jarman Impey looks to return to Victoria with Hawthorn believed to be his club of choice.

Certainly an active trade period is on the cards from Port Adelaide.

The Key dates

Plenty more rumours will continue to do the rounds in the next week and there may be a few more surprises and deals that come to fruition.

The AFL season may be over but the following dates will certainly ensure the AFL will stay in the news so strap yourselves in.

The Key Dates

Friday October 6 - NAB AFL restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period begins

Monday October 9, 9am* - NAB AFL Trade Period begins

Sunday October 15, 5pm - Close of NAB AFL restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period

Wednesday October 18 - NAB AFL restricted free agency matching offer three-day period ends

Thursday October 19, 2pm – NAB AFL Trade Period closes

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