STEVEN Motlop’s massive move to Port Adelaide has massive ramifications for club’s looking to land a blow in the AFL trade period. Motlop’s free agency move to the Power leaves the Crows with money to splurge and piles the pressure on the clubs looking to land Demons big fish Jack Watts.
Josh Schache mystery deepens
Brisbane expect the market for Josh Schache to heat up in the second week of the AFL trade period.
The Lions dropped a bombshell on the opening day of the trade period when they said they would be open to moving the Victorian forward on.
But the lack of interest from Melbourne clubs in the former No. 2 pick has been one of the more bemusing storylines of this year’s trade window. No offers have been forthcoming with some clubs — like Collingwood and North Melbourne — openly stating they’re not interested.
Lions football chief David Nole is adamant his club will be happy to hang onto Schache if nothing emerges but he is expecting movement on that front next week.
“Josh’s discussions will pick up ... trade period always seems to unfold once the bigger (trades) have landed,” Noble told RSN radio.
“Then clubs know what picks they’ve got and the value of the market is established.
“We’re not surprised that everyone has been jumping off so to speak, but if something can happen that’s great and if not we’re happy to keep Josh.”
Motlop highlights day five wrap
Adelaide’s AFL stand-off with Brisbane over speedster Charlie Cameron took another twist on Friday with Steve Motlop’s decision to join Port Adelaide. The Crows and Gold Coast had also keenly sought the signature of the Geelong restricted free agent, but he went with Port, who lodged paperwork on Friday afternoon with the league.
The Cats have three days to decide if they will match the Power’s offer, but that is considered unlikely.
Motlop’s decision could affect Cameron’s desired move to the Lions, who have unsuccessfully offered pick No.19 to Adelaide.
The Crows have pushed the line that he will be required to see out the final year of his contract next season, but this had been widely regarded as a negotiating tactic.
The Lions also hold picks one, 12 and 18 in the first round. If Motlop had chosen to join Don Pyke’s team, Cameron would have likely found his way to Brisbane, with the Crows — having found a speedy replacement — then pushed to claim pick 18 or even 12 in return.
But with Motlop set to ply his trade for their cross-town rivals, Adelaide might be forced to knock back Cameron’s request to be closer to family in Brisbane. Cameron’s manager Colin Young has done his best to crowbar his client out of West Lakes.
Young has stated Cameron will never sign a new deal after his contract runs out at the end of next season and won’t be happy if he is retained. “I try not to get caught up in the emotion of it too much ... we have a really good relationship with Col and Charlie,” Crows list manager Justin Reid told AFL Trade Radio on Friday.
“I know Charlie, if he was at our football club next year which we expect, then he’ll come with the right attitude and we know we’ll put our arms around him and he’ll play good football.” Cameron is one of several players whose futures will not be decided until the second week of the trade period.
Jack Watts is reported to be close to nominating the Power as his club of choice after being put on the trade table by Melbourne.
Essendon are still trying to find a way to land Jake Stringer and Adam Saad after sending pick 11 to Greater Western Sydney on Thursday for Devon Smith in a trade that had included a swap of later selections.
In other completed moves, Adelaide have four first-round draft picks over the next two years after Thursday’s Jake Lever trade — No.10 and 16 this year and their own and Melbourne’s first call in 2018.
Port Adelaide traded Jarman Impey to Hawthorn for a second-round pick and a further swap of later selections.
Fremantle completed the fourth official move of the trade window on Friday when Hayden Crozier shifted to the Western Bulldogs for pick 40.
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