Polec worth “back-ended” first rounder: Wallace

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Terry Wallace says Jared Polec is worth a back-ended first round draft pick, after the Port Adelaide midfielder nominated North Melbourne as his club of preference.

The two clubs now need to work out a deal to appease Polec’s request, and Wallace says the Kangaroos may need to cough up an early selection to get in a player they need, even if it is a pick in next year’s draft.


“I think he has shown enough ability to be a back-ended first rounder, but I get a feeling it will be more future than anything else,” Wallace told The Match Committee.

“Somewhere from about 18-23 I think is about his mark.

“He is the type of player North need. It’s that outside run, carry, the overlap type of player that his style is one North actually need.”

The Power released a statement on Polec’s future earlier today.

“Contract talks between Port Adelaide and midfielder Jared Polec have reached an impasse,” the statement said.

“Jared has indicated to the club his preference is to be traded to a Victorian club if a new agreement at Port Adelaide cannot be reached.

“Port Adelaide will continue discussions with Jared and his management team in the lead up to next month’s AFL exchange period.”

Polec averaged a career-high 25.1 disposals per game this season.