The speculation around Port Adelaide star Chad Wingard’s playing future has continued, with Matthew Lloyd stating a trade to the Western Bulldogs would be beneficial for all parties.
Lloyd discussed the 25-year-old’s contract on NAB AFL Trade Radio and believes the Dogs should put their first round pick on the table.
“I think it’s a great deal for both clubs,” Lloyd said.
“The Western Bulldogs need some pizzazz … and I think they need something to come in.
“They’ve obviously lost some players and at this time I’m just not sure where they’re at.
“They’ve got (Marcus) Bontempelli, Lachie Hunter and (Jackson) Macrae, and then it drops off a fair bit from there.”
Wingard was drafted to the Power with pick No.6 in the 2011 AFL Draft and Lloyd says the Bulldogs should use that same pick in a deal with Port Adelaide.
“I think he’d be ideal for them and I just wonder whether Port Adelaide Football Club could look at pick six,” he said.
“I just wonder whether they say, ‘OK, Chad’s been good for us, but could we get someone in who could be with us for the next 10 to 12 years?’”
Western Bulldogs list manager Sam Power confirmed his club’s interest in the forward yesterday.
“There’s no doubt we’ve got interest in Chad,” Power told AFL.com.au.
“There is a lot to play out and a lot of movement through the Trade Period, but we’re always looking to improve our list.
“We definitely have some interest in Chad.”
Although Wingard is yet to meet with the club, the Dogs have made their intentions around the Power star known.
“We’ve obviously signalled to his management he’s a player of interest to us,” Power said.
Wingard released a statement via his social media account yesterday creating further doubt around his future.
“You’ll hear my side of the story when the time is right,” Wingard said.