Port Adelaide expect Peter Ladhams, Sam Powell-Pepper and Tom Clurey to stay with Alberton next season, despite the trio being linked with possible moves during the trading period.
Ladhams has sparked interest in Hawthorn and Sydney, West Coast is believed to be keen on Powell-Pepper and Clurey is also on the radar of several rival clubs.
But unless the Power receives appropriate compensation in exchange for one of those three players under contract, football manager Chris Davies couldn’t imagine playing for another team in 2022.
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And foxfooty.com.au has confirmed rivals are unwilling to give up a first-lap pick for Ladhams, with Hawthorn withdrawing from the race.
if foxfooty.com.au reported on Tuesday, the Power will not allow the Ladhams to be traded for anything less than a first-round roster, the back-to-back preliminary finalists looking to improve their draft hand this year or next.
Ladhams is behind Scott Lycett in the Power’s ruck pecking order and is keen to see more opportunities elsewhere.
“Peter has suggested that he would like to look at the possibility of having a club that gives a little more guarantee of a number 1 ruck spot,” Davies said. 5AA.
“We’re open to that, as far as Pete needs it. We’ll work that out over the next week or so. I think at the moment Pete is less likely to find a new club than more likely and if so we are more than happy about that.
“Sam is in the same situation where he is probably looking for more time in midfield than we have been able to give him.
“The likes of (Zak) Butters and (Connor) Rozee and (Xavier) Duursma (should) spend more time there, maybe he (Powell-Pepper) sees it as insurmountable. But I would definitely prefer him to stay with our club.”
Davies poured cold water on the prospect of either Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell or GWS captain Stephen Coniglio joining the Power, describing both possibilities as “highly unlikely”.
Meanwhile, Jarrod Lienert, Sam Mayes and Trent Burgoyne are all out of contract and at risk of being sacked by Port Adelaide at the end of the trading period.