AFL trade news and rumours Day 3 wrap: Tom Rockliff, Jack Watts, Darcy Lang, James Aish

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    Tom Rockliff is only a formality away from officially being on the list at the Port Adelaide Power after accepting a four-year, $2.6 million deal from the club on Tuesday.

    It was a quiet day on the trade news front with the official announcement of Tom Rockliff’s defection to South Australia the only deal formally done.

    As a restricted free agent, things aren’t quite that easy – the Brisbane Lions have three days to decide whether or not they’ll match the offer.

    Of course, there doesn’t really seem to be anyone on the planet who thinks the Lions are any chance to do so, with the club no doubt valuing a top 20 draft pick above Rockliff’s contribution in their rebuild.

    The Lions are likely to find themselves holding picks 1, 12, 18 and 19 in this year’s draft after Rockliff’s move is formally completed, though it’s possible that pick 19 will get pushed back to pick 20 depending on the compensation for Steven Motlop leaving Geelong.

    Rockliff’s deal at Port Adelaide is reportedly worth about $650,000 per season, well short of what is believed to be about a $900,000 barrier required to bring clubs a compensation pick in the first round of the draft.

    In other news, Jack Watts toured Geelong on Tuesday and now faces a decision that by most reports has narrowed down to either Port Adelaide or the Cats.

    He has also been linked to Sydney and Collingwood, but most of the conversation is in the direction of him either taking an interstate move to the Power, or staying in Victoria by going to Geelong.

    Out-of-contract Cats midfielder Darcy Lang has reportedly drawn interest from both Carlton and North Melbourne, although there’s still a strong chance he could go to Gold Coast as part of the Gary Ablett deal.

    There has also been a little talk that Collingwood are willing to move on James Aish for the right place, though exactly what that right price would be isn’t clear.

    All things considered though it was a fairly quiet day on the trade front, and we can only hope that means the AFL’s list management movers and shakers are busy at work giving us something to talk about tomorrow and in the days to come.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.