War chest a golden opportunity for Port Adelaide

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    News surfaced a few weeks ago that Port Adelaide is in the top-four teams in the competition for salary cap room, despite their 2017 recruitment spree that saw them net Steven Motlop, Jack Watts, Tom Rockliff, Lindsay Thomas, Trent McKenzie and Jack Trengove.

    However, losing Jackson Trengove (Western Bulldogs), Jarman Impey (Hawthorn), Matthew Lobbe (Carlton) and Aaron Young (Gold Coast) – along with Angus Monfries retiring – meant the club had enough room to add the six recruits and still have a significant underspend in its salary cap.

    This puts Port in an enviable position for next year. As well as their off-season recruits, they picked up five young players in the draft, and are developing a nice blend with their list.

    We can debate the quality of their recruits and the impact they’ll have this year, but the fact that, other than Thomas, they’re all coming into the prime age of the careers, and play in a range of different positions, gives the list a good balance, even if some are only depth players.

    I see the Power as having two options for next season – they can target big-name free agents or out-of-contract players from other clubs, or they can increase their offers to some of their up-and-coming stars.

    Targeting a big name
    Rory Sloane and Tom Lynch have been bandied around as the biggest free agency names for 2018, and landing either of them would be a massive fillip. Port’s midfield has some good players, but excluding Robbie Gray, I wouldn’t classify any of them as being elite (Ollie Wines may be on his way there, but more on that later).

    Sloane would add this star quality, as well as freeing up Gray for more forward 50 time. He also complements the club’s contested ball winners (Rockliff, Travis Boak, Wines, Brad Ebert, Sam Powell-Pepper) and outside runners (Motlop, Jared Polec) by being able to go both ways.

    Last year, the Power cobbled together a forward line mainly comprising Gray and Chad Wingard, Justin Westhoff, Dan Houston, Charlie Dixon and Aaron Young. Other than Gray and Wingard, the rest are all role players. Dixon did a good job in his first season in Adelaide, kicking 49 goals, and thrived despite the ‘small ball’ mentality. Imagine what he could do with Tom Lynch by his side – it would create a pairing of one more mobile, versatile key forward with another stay-at-home type, both of who can clunk contested marks.

    Charlie Dixon Port Adelaide Power AFL 2017

    Charlie Dixon (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

    Of the other free agents, West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern is another who the club should go hard at. The key defensive stocks are solid without being superlative, and McGovern would add some star factor. Melbourne’s Neville Jetta would also be an excellent pick-up – he could offset the loss of Impey, and with his improved form over the last few seasons, Port may be better placed than Melbourne to offer him a beefed-up contract.

    Tenacious Western Bulldogs midfielder-forward Luke Dalhaus would be a handy pick-up too, but probably not worthy of the same coin as Lynch and Sloane.

    The other free agent worthy of mention is West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff. There are many knocks on Gaff, the main one being that the majority of his possessions are uncontested (in 2017, he broke the record for the most uncontested possessions in one season, with 502). Personally, I think Gaff is a good player, but he’s not what Ken Hinkley needs. He’s already got Polec, and after recruiting Motlop, the coach has more pressing needs.

    So who presents as a realistic option to be lured to Port?

    McGovern and Sloane may be tempted – the former because his brother Mitch plays for the Crows, and the latter given he already lives in Adelaide. However, to tempt McGovern, the Power would have to offer more than the recent $800,000 per season, $4 million total contract on the table from West Coast.

    For Sloane, the lure of returning to Melbourne is ever present, as it is for Lynch. He’s done his time at a struggling interstate club, and may feel that the time is right to return to Victoria to play for a powerhouse club in front of packed stadiums – and, frankly, who can blame him?

    Jetta may also be tempted, given his former Melbourne teammates Trengove, Watts and Dom Barry have made the move, but after his career-best season last year and having locked down the small defender spot at Melbourne, it’s probably unlikely he’d leave.

    Keeping its guns
    Big-name players out of contract at the end of this season include defender Darcy Byrne-Jones, forwards Jake Neade and Justin Westhoff, and midfielders Jared Polec, Ollie Wines, Robbie Gray and captain Travis Boak. Of these, the last three are clearly the priority re-signings.

    However, the jungle drums are beating already, and it may be a difficult task keeping Wines – in early February, the gun on-baller stated that while the lure of Melbourne wasn’t a factor, he was “not comfortable” signing a new contract at the moment.

    “As far as I’m concerned I’ve got eight months to go (on my contract) and I’ll do everything I can for those eight months,” Wines told Fox Sports News.

    “I’ll look to sign when I can, but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting my body right for Round 1 and playing some good footy.”

    Where have we heard that language before? Think Gary Ablett before leaving Gold Coast to return to Geelong or Bryce Gibbs before leaving Carlton to head home to Adelaide – and those are only two of the most recent examples.

    The fact Wines’ recent comments differ from his publicly stated commitment to the club a few years ago could spell trouble. To retain him, a clear path to success obviously needs to be outlined.

    Ollie Wines Port Adelaide Power AFL 2017

    Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

    Port don’t have many players of Wines’ ilk – he’s an up-and-coming star who footy clubs can be built around, is coming into the prime of his career at only 23 years of age, and many see him as future captaincy material.

    The factor going in the Power’s favour is that Wines is at the age and stage of his career where his next contract will most likely be a multi-year, big-money deal. Port has the cap space to offer him that, and should.

    The same applies for Gray – he’s a genuine star of the competition, and Hinkley can ill afford to lose him. Given his skill, he will likely still demand a hefty contract but, as he’s 29, it’s less likely he would seek to move elsewhere. The club may be able to offer him a decent but not lucrative contract.

    Best option
    Clearly, the best-case scenario is to sign a free agent and keep Wines and Gray. However, even with a speculated $1.2 million to bandy around, that seems near impossible, with Lynch, Sloane and McGovern, in particular, all likely to command around $1 million per season.

    Given where the club’s list is at, they should absolutely make a play for a free agent. There is a good blend of young talent and mature players, with an average age of 24.2 putting them smack bang in the premiership window – something they’re obviously aware of, given the recruitment raid at the end of last season.

    Clubs usually spend around three to five years in the premiership window before they drop off, so Port needs to maximise their position while they can.

    However, they also need to make a big offer to Wines. He’s shaping as one of those rare players – a ‘heart and soul’ type – and losing him would be a massive blow.

    Ultimately, the Power need to decide whether they would rather chase a free agent or keep Wines. Sloane would obviously cover Wines’ loss (and then some), and given their list position, if push came to absolute shove, I’d probably take Sloane over Wines. But only just.

    There may, however, be one factor that allows Port to both retain Wines, and acquire a big-name free agent – the club’s excellent recent record of player retention and attraction.

    Although the quality of their 2017 recruits is debatable (and a topic for another article), arguably the most important factor of the recruiting spree was cementing their status as that most coveted of designations: a ‘destination club’.

    This may be worth more to Port Adelaide in the long run than the impact of its 2017 recruits – if they can use this to their advantage, they could extend their premiership window and set up for sustained success, like recent powerhouses Hawthorn and Geelong.

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    • February 28th 2018 @ 7:37am
      Kangajets said | February 28th 2018 @ 7:37am | ! Report

      What are Port Adelaide doing about their disgusting behaviour of their fans ?

      • February 28th 2018 @ 9:14am
        Tom M said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:14am | ! Report

        The A league tab is where you will fine disgusting fan behaviour.

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        February 28th 2018 @ 9:21am
        AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        They’re currently investigating, because weridly enough the judicial process doesn’t pander to code-warring fans on a website and speed up on their demands.

        Everybody here condemns racism and illegality of all forms – at any sport – Kanga. Nobody here condones code-wars.

        So have a good Wednesday!

        • February 28th 2018 @ 9:27am
          Kangajets said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

          Thanks Docker

          Yesterday you were hysterical on the a league site about fan behaviour

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            February 28th 2018 @ 10:23am
            AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:23am | ! Report

            Yeah, nah. I commented in support of the Wanderer’s, and you guys seemingly took personal offence to that. Anyway, that’s for that forum, not this one.

            Any thoughts on footy whilst you’re stopping by, Kanga?

            • February 28th 2018 @ 11:44am
              Kangajets said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:44am | ! Report

              Comments on the footy
              A D
              Hope you stay on topic too.

              Re Port Adelaide , terrific one year , average the next … this season will be ??? Time will tell

              Hopefully I get another chance to come to Adelaide for the show down again this year .

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                February 28th 2018 @ 7:22pm
                Seventeener said | February 28th 2018 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

                Port had an outstanding run with injuries last season and were able to tinker with their best 22 from the full list. But they were flat track bullies, smashing all the bottom ranked teams and only winning twice against top 8 teams – first against the Swans in Sydney, who were severely undermanned and lost their first 5 games, then against West Coast at Subiaco, but the Eagles had the last laugh. In fact, Port were only 8-5 at Adelaide Oval, losing both Showdowns and their home final, plus losses to WC and Richmond.
                I’m not saying they are bad, just that they are not a top 4 side. Yet. This season, they play the Bombers, Crows, Eagles, Bulldogs and Dockers twice and have to travel everywhere except Queensland – but go to China instead. They will probably still do well, but they have a bad habit of losing the important clashes.

    • February 28th 2018 @ 7:53am
      Sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 7:53am | ! Report

      The writer is a bit behind the times. Refer to Tom Rehn then for the latest on Rory sloane..not yet inked but looks like it is a done thing

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        February 28th 2018 @ 8:33am
        Cat said | February 28th 2018 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Until there is a signed contract it is still just a rumor. Remember, that Dusty ‘was a done deal’ for St Kilda at one point last year.

        • February 28th 2018 @ 9:03am
          Sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:03am | ! Report

          Until it is signed it isn’t..but when guys like tom rehn are stating it is effectively dotting i’s and crossing t’s, roo on radio all but confirming it and others who are in the know in SA saying they are at a very advanced stage, it seems to be pointing in only one direction

    • February 28th 2018 @ 8:48am
      truetigerfan said | February 28th 2018 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      Great article, Maddy. Wines, I absolutely agree, needs to be a priority for Port. Losing him would be a disaster.

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        February 28th 2018 @ 1:54pm
        JamesH said | February 28th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

        Yeah, I don’t think they should be wasting time on Lynch or Sloane. Neither of those guys would be likely to go to a different interstate club; they would probably head home to Victoria if they wanted to move.

        Port’s warchest won’t compare to what GC can offer Lynch to stay so it would be more about the go-home factor. The Pies seem to be in the box seat if he wants to leave.

        Wines should be their absolute priority, as much as I would love Essendon to prise him away.

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      February 28th 2018 @ 9:12am
      AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      Neglecting the rumourmill for the moment that’s heavily suggesting he’s re-signed with the Crows, I just couldn’t see Sloane moving to Port. Gaff and Jetta are more probable options – they’d fit Port’s squad nicely.

      McGovern, uhm, that’s an intriguing one. I thought the Crows were interested at one stage, as well? Or did I just make that up?

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        February 28th 2018 @ 9:35am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:35am | ! Report

        The Crows would be interested but not at $800K+ and they have some promising young defenders to develop in the squad.

        • February 28th 2018 @ 10:07am
          sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:07am | ! Report

          however if mcgovern was interested in coming, then the club would be stupid not to look at him as he would go into their back 6 and make it much stronger again. They could afford to let go some of the non first team defenders like Cheney and Otten and maybe trade out one or two and they would have the cap room. The biggest problem I see is that they appear to be stacking up for a good draft haul at the end of this year and would be reluctant to trade out picks. Maybe future picks could be used?

      • February 28th 2018 @ 11:30am
        AD said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:30am | ! Report

        I’ve heard the “McGovern to Crows” thing a bit, too. But there doesn’t seem to be anything at all behind it other than the fact that his brother is at the Crows. Last year all the rumblings was that Mitch was going to go back to WA to play for WCE or Freo. As soon as he signed on with the Crows, the rumours seemed to switch to Jeremy going to the Crows. I suspect that rumour is no more accurate than the Mitch to WA rumour last year. Expect him to stay at WCE.

        • February 28th 2018 @ 4:37pm
          Julian said | February 28th 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

          I think it’s more likely that Jeremy Mcgovern will stay with WC and Mitch will come back to WA at the end of his contract, having re-re-signed with Adelaide in hope of winning a premiership in the short term.

      • February 28th 2018 @ 12:33pm
        Mattician6x6 said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

        After being knocked out a couple of years ago by a deliberate elbow to the head gaff won’t go to port. Nor would gov, there us no loved lost between wce and port

    • February 28th 2018 @ 9:13am
      johno said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      Port don’t have to go after out of contract players as has been shown in the past. What they want is a SA player at their peak who is out of contract the following season 2019 and is an unrestricted free agent….. someone like Lachie Neale.

      Offer up big money and a decent deal to Freo who have only picks in round 1 and 4 next season. If Neale looks interested then Freo might need to move him on before losing him for less, like GWS did with McCarthy

      I would say a round 1 and 2 pick next year might get Lachie Neale, especially if Freo has their sights set on a few young WA guns like Dillon O’Reilly and Ian Hill (well that’s who for sentiments sake I hope we get – the fact they are both jets is a bonus)

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        February 28th 2018 @ 9:18am
        AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        No, no, no. Please don’t even entertain the idea of Neale moving on from us.

        My own irrationallity aside, you make some good points. Everything you suggest would probably be in Ports (and our) best interests.

        But still.

        No.

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          February 28th 2018 @ 9:43am
          Dalgety Carrington said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:43am | ! Report

          Yeah, I don’t think you need to worry too much, Neale’s not likely to go anywhere. He’s pretty committed to the club and he’s a key cog in Freo’s midfield structure, so they’d be highly motivated to keep him too.

          I can appreciate the entrepreneurial type speculation of johno’s post, but him going would take a large chunk of the midfield puzzle, which would need to be filled fairly quickly, given next year they’d be looking to ratchet it up a few notches.

          Could be another big year for Lachie, as unlike last year, he’s had a reasonable go at a preseason.

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            February 28th 2018 @ 9:49am
            AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

            Oh yeah, for sure. I did ramp up my objection for purely dramatic purposes, but I’m with you in appreaciating the logic of johno’s comment.

            It would be fantastic for Port, but probably a bridge too far for us to cover.

            Do you know much about the duo of youngsters that johno mentioned? I can’t find much about them online, but I’m intrigued.

            • February 28th 2018 @ 10:09am
              mattyb said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:09am | ! Report

              Lachie Neale is extremely close to his family,and the entire extended family visit Perth regularly.
              Being so close they are all mad Dockers supporters though.
              My feeling is because they are so close,when Neale has children of his own the lure of returning home so his kids can be close to their family is going to be fairly strong.
              I’d hate to see Fremantle lose Neale but the possibility of him eventually returning to Adelaide is very real.
              Will be a few years away yet though I’d imagine.

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                February 28th 2018 @ 10:21am
                Dalgety Carrington said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:21am | ! Report

                He’s not from Adelaide though.

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                February 28th 2018 @ 10:26am
                AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

                See, I’ve heard mumurings of the go-home factor, but he seems pretty readily set in Western Australia. His fiancee is a Perth girl as well, from memory.

                Also, as Dalgety says, he isn’t from Adelaide. He’s from South Australia, granted, but from a small town in the far south-east of the state.

              • February 28th 2018 @ 11:53am
                Mattician6x6 said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:53am | ! Report

                as far as I remember both sa teams had their chance prior to Neale signing his last contract but baulked (more fool them).
                Add his engagement to a local girl last year and I doubt he is going anywhere soon.

              • February 28th 2018 @ 4:14pm
                Macca said | February 28th 2018 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

                He grew up almost 4 hours from Adelaide and 5 hours from Melbourne.

                I have serious doubts that he would convince a Perth local mother of his children to leave her family so he can be closer to his when they have kids.

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                February 28th 2018 @ 4:31pm
                AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

                Macca – would anyone like to live 4 hours from Adelaide + 5 from Melbourne? It’s just countryside. And a few roads!

                Sacrasm aside, you’re right. I’m pretty confident in saying he’ll be staying in Perth. Such an awesome player.

        • February 28th 2018 @ 10:58am
          johno said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:58am | ! Report

          The only reason we’d lose Neale is if he wanted to go home. But we kept Pav and Clive … so we have a good record with SA players

          Other than that Freo will give him the appropriate $$ as Freo will have a massive amount of cash to splash in the coming 1-2 years given the expected retirements of Johno, Sandi, Mundy, Ballas, D Pearce and Spurr and the expected delisting (unless something dramatic happens to form) of Sheridan and Sutcliffe.

          That’s a truck load of moolah that Freo can back up to Neale’s door to get him to stay.

          But Freo will most likely also back said truck up to McGoverns door …. which I will be encouraging along with a hefty de-WestCoast-ising program

          • February 28th 2018 @ 12:26pm
            Mattician6x6 said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

            Johnno – freo had their chance and only reason govs mngt might court freo is to increase his wce contract. Should of taken a rookie list punt on son of a inaugural when chance was there.

            • March 1st 2018 @ 9:37am
              johno said | March 1st 2018 @ 9:37am | ! Report

              I agree – should have drafted both of them when we had a chance and put them both in the forward line

              Should never let players with family links to Freo get past us if they are any good that is

      • February 28th 2018 @ 9:36am
        sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Johno..do you think port will want to give up yet another round of 1st and 2nd round picks and miss out on drafting some promising juniors?. They have only really been to the draft once in the last few years as they have traded out a number of their 1st round picks to bring in guys like Dixon, Ryder etc – all good players no doubt, but not great for mid term and longer term planning. They would also want to move the earth to recontract wines as if he leaves then it will really hurt them going forward

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          February 28th 2018 @ 9:45am
          Dalgety Carrington said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

          Although if they lost Wines, Neale would be a fairly logical target for Port.

          • February 28th 2018 @ 9:56am
            sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:56am | ! Report

            if they could get him that is

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              February 28th 2018 @ 10:27am
              Dalgety Carrington said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

              He’d be one of the most committed to Freo of all the interstaters I reckon, so he’d take some prising out that’s for sure.

        • February 28th 2018 @ 10:53am
          johno said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:53am | ! Report

          Look – I do not want to lose Neale …. but if Port have a so called war chest then going after a SA kid coming out of contract the year following is always going to be attractive

          I just did a quick scan of the out of contracts and Neales was the one name that stood out, so I floated the idea

          I expect a few journo’s this year will also start to float the idea

        • February 28th 2018 @ 11:00am
          johno said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:00am | ! Report

          As for what Port will want to give up. Getting a proven star is usually worth more than a gamble on a kid

          Hence why the Suns gave up pick 2 for Weller. 47 games and 21 years old and wants to play there.

          Imagine Neale 100+ games, record holder for possies in a season, and if he wants to go home then isn’t he worth more than Weller?

          • February 28th 2018 @ 11:15am
            sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:15am | ! Report

            no doubt neale is a very good player..I would love to see him in the Adelaide Crows midfield. I suppose Port would need to think long and hard about giving away yet another 1st round draft pick and maybe more besides to try and entice Freo to cut a deal. Port’s list is one that is built for the right here, right now and if a flag does not happen in the next 2 years, they will need to rebuild as Gray, Dixon, Ryder, Westhoff and Boak will all be right near the end of their careers (or at least in terms of playing output) and that is a lot of their top end talent gone and if they don’t have much top end talent coming through via the draft to offset that…..

            • February 28th 2018 @ 11:31am
              johno said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:31am | ! Report

              In all honesty the fact that Port managed to get Sam Hayes, Joel Garner and Jake Patmore in last years draft is a steal if you believe the reports on all three. The loss of their first round picks didn’t seem to impact their ability to get quality in a supposed shallow draft.

              Hayes was at one stage tipped as top 10, Garner top 20 and Patmore top 30. They all fell to the 40-60 bracket.

              Dom Barry was the cream on top.

              Why Freo didn’t go for Hayes when we had the chance and instead went for Dixon will be scutinised over the coming years.

              So if Port are worried about losing a top 10 pick for Neale they only need look at this years picks and realise what they can still pick up late in a draft (Neale was a pick 58)

              • February 28th 2018 @ 11:55am
                sammy said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:55am | ! Report

                to be fair, every club will tell you that their draft picks were a steal. The crows got Fogarty at pick 12 when he was touted by some as the best player in the draft. Of course good players will be drafted outside the 1st round, it is just that when you get the chance to have a pick inside the top dozen or so, you have a very good chance of picking a very good player – the further down the list you go, the less chance of that happening. As for Dom Barry – he looks OK but is a recycled player who had a run at Glenelg last year and is very much a punt. I would say with my crows hat on that the crows recruitment of Lachlan Murphy was an even better steal based on his form and how he played on the weekend, but the season has not yet started and it is a long slog so early days comments are a guess.

              • March 1st 2018 @ 9:39am
                johno said | March 1st 2018 @ 9:39am | ! Report

                I think the Crows are ecstatic in getting Fogarty.

                There’s a chance that he’ll remind people in a few years what it would have been like to have had Pavlich

          • February 28th 2018 @ 7:20pm
            Brendon the 1st said | February 28th 2018 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

            I’d be happy for us to part with a first rounder for Neale, that really would be a good trade for both parties.

            • February 28th 2018 @ 8:01pm
              Mattician6x6 said | February 28th 2018 @ 8:01pm | ! Report

              No way freo would accept just a first rounder for Neale. Nice for you to dream but cmon.

      • February 28th 2018 @ 12:16pm
        dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

        If Freo did anything to help make a deal like that happen, I’d be be giving serious consideration to cancelling my membership. Don’t care what draft picks were offered. The only reason to let go of Neale is if he told the club he was desperate to move.

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          February 28th 2018 @ 12:26pm
          AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

          That’s a strong call!

          • February 28th 2018 @ 12:57pm
            dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

            He’s been a favourite of mine from before he played his first game. He is simply one of the best inside-mids in the competition (cue scoffs from opposition supporters) and possibly the most reliable player in the entire Freo squad (including Fyfe and Mundy). He never leaves anything behind and has had about 2 off games in his entire career.

            I’m not completely opposed to the kind of entrepreneurial thinking in johno’s post, but the best entrepreneurs can look beyond simple dollars and cents logic to appreciate the intangibles. It would be bad for Freo if they did anything to make Neale seriously consider an offer from another club.

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              February 28th 2018 @ 1:29pm
              AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

              I’m totally with you! I mentioned to a friend of mine earlier this year that I would’ve been more upset if Neale left over Fyfe.

              I coincidentally met his brother here in Adelaide after a game last year and that was probably the most exciting part of that day.

              He’s just so awesome. I unashamedly love Neale.

            • March 1st 2018 @ 9:42am
              johno said | March 1st 2018 @ 9:42am | ! Report

              My post was more about what Port should be doing rather than what Freo should be doing

              Port should be looking (especially if Wines wants out …which I have no idea about) at SA players coming out of contract who are in their prime….. and Neale was the name I saw. Happens to play for my team

              I agree – Freo should be giving Neale a contract extension this season to keep him locked in for the next 4 years

    • February 28th 2018 @ 9:16am
      Tom M said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      There is no way a club is giving up a first and a second round pick for Neal. Dreaming

      • February 28th 2018 @ 9:58am
        truetigerfan said | February 28th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        Never say never. Pick 2 for that young fella last year, who was he? Freo would certainly listen.

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          February 28th 2018 @ 10:21am
          AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:21am | ! Report

          I’d say Port would be a lot more cautious in their trading than just flagrantly sending pick’s one and two our way than the Suns were last year.

          • February 28th 2018 @ 10:40am
            truetigerfan said | February 28th 2018 @ 10:40am | ! Report

            Probably. Though that may depend on other factors not yet apparent. e.g. Wines leaving Port

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            February 28th 2018 @ 12:15pm
            AdelaideDocker said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

            Oops. I meant a first and second rounder, not pick’s one + two.

            Although my typo would actually be a more compelling proposition to Freo!

        • March 1st 2018 @ 10:10am
          Brendon the 1st said | March 1st 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

          You’re right, he’s not worth that much unless the pick is end of first round (which it might be) say pick 18 and pick 36, but if it pick 12 or under then the first rounder would have to be enough.

      • February 28th 2018 @ 11:34am
        johno said | February 28th 2018 @ 11:34am | ! Report

        Unlike giving up 2 first rounders and a fourth rounder for Lever, and a second and third rounder.

      • February 28th 2018 @ 12:12pm
        dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | February 28th 2018 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

        No way a first and second rounder would be enough.

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