Tom Rockliff has given some insight into the reasons why he opted to join Port Adelaide.
The Victorian midfielder departed Brisbane for the Power and is looking forward to a fresh start after nine years with the Lions.
“The decision to come to Port was based on family I suppose,” he said on Sportsday SA.
“I was from Victoria but we thought that Adelaide would be a good fit for us and I can’t speak highly enough of the town since being here.
“I weighed up all the pros and cons for the decision to go back home to Victoria or come over here and Port Adelaide just seemed to be the best fit.
“Kenny (Hinkley) and (Travis Boak) Boaky were pretty instrumental in that as well.”
Of the difference between the two clubs, Rockliff added: “The two clubs are at very different stages (to) where I’ve come from and where I am now.
“Brisbane is a young list developing and it has been that way for a few years with the player turnover and so on.”
The former Lions captain was included in Port’s leadership group, announced this week, and admitted it did come as a surprise.
“I didn’t come in with any intentions or even to think about it,” he added.
“When Kenny called me into his office and told me I had been voted in, it was a little bit of a shock to me, but it feels like a bit of a reward and recognition for what I’ve done.”
Regarding the busy and successful off-season trading period of the Power, which saw Jack Watts, Steven Motlop and Jack Trengove join Rockliff at Alberton Oval, the 27-year-old said: “I think we all bring something different. Trengove as well, who’s been a club captain at Melbourne.
“The club has been really proactive and they knew what they wanted in the off-season and I think they’ve gone after and achieved all those goals.
“It’s a very exciting time for the footy club and the supporters.”
Listen to Rockliff on Sportsday SA below: