AFL trade news and rumours Day 6 wrap: Steven Motlop, Jack Watts, Hayden Crozier

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    Port Adelaide is set to secure a triple treat this trade period and at low cost, after they signed free agent Steven Motlop on Friday and with news that Jack Watts is set to nominate the club as his preferred destination.

    News broke on Friday afternoon that Motlop had settled on joining Port Adelaide, despite reports of there being a much more lucrative financial offer on the table from the Adelaide Crows.

    Port Adelaide formally confirmed they had lodged paperwork to acquire him as a free agent shortly after, and while Geelong are yet to formally rule out matching their bid for him, it is understood they have no interest in doing so.

    Regarding Watts, there is yet to be any official confirmation from himself or the Power of his intentions to join the club, but it has been said that he will take the weekend to consider his decision but is almost certain to pick Port Adelaide.

    That would mean that Port have acquired all three of Motlop, Watts and Tom Rockliff this trade period, certainly a high profile performance in October. Just how far those three can lift them in 2018 will be fascinating to watch play out, but let’s talk more about that when the dust settles.

    Motlop’s deal is reportedly worth about $2 million over four years.

    Steven Motlop Geelong Cats AFL 2017

    (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

    We did have one trade done today.

    Hayden Crozier and Fremantle Dockers’ 2018 fourth-round pick traded to Western Bulldogs for pick 40 and pick 82.

    All in all a fairly minor piece of business – I’d be lying if I said Crozier had done much to catch my eye in six seasons at Fremantle.

    The Dogs are reportedly looking to use him as a halfback to replace Bob Murphy or Matthew Boyd, which is where he has played good footy, if not particularly a lot of it.

    In other news, Sydney’s Daniel Robinson added his name to the list of players potentially on the move by requesting a trade, but it’s not clear at this stage if there’s any real interest in him.

    Motlop’s signing with Port Adelaide may also mean bad luck for Charlie Cameron who Adelaide are now less likely to let go. Brisbane have reportedly offered pick 19 in exchange for him.

    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.