Port Adelaide recruit Tom Rockliff said he hadn’t decided which team he wanted to join until last week.

Carlton and Essendon were also chasing Rockliff, but the midfielder said the Power just seemed like the right place for him.

“(I decided) probably early last week, my partner and I sort of decided on the move to Adelaide and it was obviously a long process and in the end Port Adelaide’s pros just outweighed the rest,” Rockliff told NAB AFL Trade Radio.

“There’s no guarantees in footy, it’s such an even competition, but hopefully we can string some wins together as a footy club and hopefully play some September action.”

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Rockliff said the last few years have been quite tough on him and he needed a fresh start.

“It’s been a tough period, there’s no doubt about that, I suppose we felt like we became a bit irrelevant a couple of years ago and as a leader of the club it was a really difficult process, but I think the club is in really good hands now,” Rockliff said.

“We went through probably the worst time as a footy player when you lose your coach and there was so much instability around the place and you couldn’t really escape it at all.

Port Adelaide’s strength is their midfielders that can rotate forward and kick goals and Rockliff expects to spend a lot of time up forward in 2018.

“I think I’ll spend a little bit more time forward than I have in the past and be dangerous around goals and put pressure on,” he said.

Rockliff’s arrival means Port Adelaide will not receive any compensation for Jackson Trengove leaving, but Brisbane will receive pick 19.

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