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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.

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    • Roar Guru

      October 13th 2017 @ 5:06pm
      Dalgety Carrington said | October 13th 2017 @ 5:06pm | ! Report

      I guess it’s good news for Power, but could they be the Troubled Trio?

      • October 13th 2017 @ 5:15pm
        Birdman said | October 13th 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

        they are NAMES but are they that good?

        Rockliff I rate but the other two not so much.

        • Roar Guru

          October 13th 2017 @ 5:21pm
          Dalgety Carrington said | October 13th 2017 @ 5:21pm | ! Report

          Rockliff has proven most on field, but it’s the off field abrasive character that adds a question mark.

          While for the other two Watts commitment has been questioned and no question Motlop’s on field inconsistency is a feature of his career to date.

      • Roar Guru

        October 13th 2017 @ 6:07pm
        Joel Erickson said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

        Rockliff, Motlop and Watts will be infinitely better than a combination of Amon, Johnson, Atley, Young, Impey, Ah Chee etc.

        I certainly get the concerns, but it’s hard to say that Port haven’t improved their on-field product with the two (and potentially three) moves.

        • Roar Guru

          October 13th 2017 @ 7:11pm
          Dalgety Carrington said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

          Potentially, yes. But “potentially” is also why they’re not at their original clubs. Power would back themselves in to get the most from them, no doubt. It is however, a big slice of possible handful to bring in all at once.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 9:07pm
        Basil said | October 13th 2017 @ 9:07pm | ! Report

        The thing that I find interesting is that all 3 players weren’t wanted at there previous clubs. Why?

    • Roar Guru

      October 13th 2017 @ 6:00pm
      AdelaideDocker said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

      Freo’s pick 82 to the Suns for Matera? That should work, right?

      • Roar Guru

        October 13th 2017 @ 6:04pm
        Joel Erickson said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:04pm | ! Report

        I’ll admit I don’t know much about Freo’s forward line, but would Matera even get a game over there? Fringe 22 player at best for the Suns, surely the Dockers have better small forwards running around?

        • Roar Guru

          October 13th 2017 @ 6:07pm
          Paul D said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

          Even Ballantyne, as old and crocked as he is, is better than Matera.

          At least he does defensive pressure. Matera hasn’t cracked triple figures on his heart rate monitor in 5 seasons

        • Roar Guru

          October 13th 2017 @ 6:10pm
          AdelaideDocker said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

          I’d say he would.

          We’ve got Walters, Ballantyne and Brady Grey as our primary “small forwards”, but the former is playing more midfield nowadays and the latter duo are either well past their best or still young/developing, respectively.

          Matera booted 22 goals from 10 games in 2017, so whilst he’s not an all out star, he’s serviceable. And to be honest, serviceable players are probably what we need.

          Other Freo fans might have different opinions, though.

          • October 13th 2017 @ 6:33pm
            13th Man said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

            I’d play Matera over Ballantyne or Grey

            • Roar Guru

              October 13th 2017 @ 7:07pm
              Dalgety Carrington said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

              Really? For me, Grey would be the first pick after the stars.

              • Roar Guru

                October 13th 2017 @ 7:11pm
                AdelaideDocker said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

                Same here.

                Grey’s a beast on field. He’s great to watch.

              • Roar Guru

                October 13th 2017 @ 7:56pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:56pm | ! Report

                Dynamism. Aggression. Wholeheartedness. Grit.

                What’s not to love?

            • October 14th 2017 @ 10:11pm
              Jon boy said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:11pm | ! Report

              100% 13 th man…Matera will prove Paul and Don Freo wrong big time…….And please stop dreaming about what Ballantyne MIGHT do.

          • October 13th 2017 @ 6:54pm
            Mattician6x6 said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

            Still apparently concerns over him but at that price worth risk.

        • October 14th 2017 @ 1:18am
          Don Freo said | October 14th 2017 @ 1:18am | ! Report

          I think Matera may be marked as a replacement for Danyle Pearce off a wing. He started there this season and did well. That 5 or 6 goal game he had early before injury was mostly running off the wing, not stationed in a pocket.

          However, unless he improves his 100 minute effort, he will mostly be at Peel. Freo have half a dozen younger, faster, more skilled kids.

          • October 14th 2017 @ 10:37pm
            Jon boy said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

            Do you really think they would recruit Matera and think he may well be mostly be at Peel.

            • October 15th 2017 @ 12:45am
              Don Freo said | October 15th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

              He will only cost somewhere in the 80s as a draft selection. No risk there. He is certainly behind Walters, Ballas, Bennell and Grey up forward and a long way behind Langdon, Weller, Blakely as a high half forward/winger.

              OK backup, though. The difference might be his freedom from Rocket Eade. Under a coach like Ross, he should get some consistency. He’ll certainly be stuck at Peel if he continues to play at only 60% of his ability as he has all his career.

              • October 15th 2017 @ 6:06pm
                David C said | October 15th 2017 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

                Fox suggesting a pick around 40 for Matera which sound about right.

              • October 15th 2017 @ 6:34pm
                Don Freo said | October 15th 2017 @ 6:34pm | ! Report

                That’s Fox guessing. Fox Footy has no idea about AFL in WA. Freo don’t need him. They’ll take him if he’s cheap enough. 40s is way overs.

              • October 15th 2017 @ 9:20pm
                David C said | October 15th 2017 @ 9:20pm | ! Report

                Guess we’ll find out soon enough because he should get to his preferred destination.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 6:36pm
        13th Man said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:36pm | ! Report

        Seems about right, although I’m much more interested in the Wilson deal. I hope Freo stick firm and say there is no way we are trading pick 5 but knowing Freo they’ll relent and give GWS what they want.
        A future second rounder plus pick 40 is surely enough.

      • October 15th 2017 @ 4:19pm
        David C said | October 15th 2017 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

        If the Suns except that then they may as well have delisted him. I think they’ll want pick 41. He was best 22 before he was injured. Certainly talented and knows where the goal is, but lazy and injury prone.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 7:00pm
      Gyfox said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

      Motlop to Port, not Crows. So their downward spiral from the Grand Final continues!

    • October 13th 2017 @ 7:14pm
      Ticky nicky said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:14pm | ! Report

      Come on jack, lets get this deal done, 2 out 3 aint bad but 3 out of 3 makes hinkley and his crew magic,,,, go the power

    • October 14th 2017 @ 9:55am
      Pope Paul VII said | October 14th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

      Hey Joshy E. Why don’t North have a crack at Matty Kennedy if Carlton are dithering?

    • Roar Guru

      October 14th 2017 @ 11:03am
      Rick Figjam said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

      Massive news.

      Ablett’s sister has just died. Unknown at this stage cause of death, but we know Ablett wanted to move home to be closer to his family.

      • October 14th 2017 @ 6:28pm
        Birdman said | October 14th 2017 @ 6:28pm | ! Report

        saw that Rick. if there was ever any doubt that Gary gets home for 2018, there isn;t now.

        Sad news for the Ablett family.

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