Port Adelaide are confident of securing the signature of Tom Rockliff.
The Power’s General Manager of Football, Chris Davies, spoke on NAB AFL Trade Radio this morning and indicated that his club had won the race for the Brisbane Lions midfielder.
Assuming that Brisbane do not match the free agency offer to come from Port Adelaide, it looks as though the 27-year-old Victorian, who is also a target for Carlton, will be wearing the black, white and teal in 2018.
“From our perspective we’re pleased that Tom has shown a willingness to come to Port Adelaide over the other clubs he has spoken to,” said Davies.
“It’s up to us to work with his management to finalise what a potential deal could look like but at the same time we are of the understanding, that as a restricted free agent, Brisbane still have an opportunity to match whatever deal we finalise with Tom and his manager Tom Petroro.”
Asked what the length of the Rockliff deal may look like, Davies said: “It would need to be of some significance to get him out of Brisbane and to also have him willing to come to Adelaide.
“We are really comfortable that we have got the ability to do it and we are in a position where we think Tom can add significantly to a pretty good midfield already.
“We’re rapt that we are in this position.”
Speaking of the reasons why Rockliff had opted for the Power, Davies added further: “Without speaking for Tom, (it seems) he wants to go to a club that will give him the best opportunity to play in finals.
“No doubt there’s an element of financial reward but ultimately it gives him an opportunity to play in finals.”
Quizzed further on the interest in Geelong small forward/midfielder Steven Motlop, who toured the Gold Coast Suns facilities yesterday, Davies feels Port are definitely still in the hunt.
“We’re comfortable where we are at with Steven,” Davies added.
“He’s a person that is not unfamiliar to Port Adelaide. He has family links both with his brother (former Port forward Daniel), his cousin Marlon who has been our list.
“I’d imagine that we are certainly in a conversation with Steven.
“He’s looking at his free agency chips at the moment. I’ve no doubt that we will be remaining in that conversation.
“If that includes Steven coming to the footy club then obviously we are willing to look at that like every other club who is in the market will be.”
Listen to the Davies chat on NAB AFL Trade Radio below: