Port clears Pearce for Dockers
Port Adelaide is not going to stand in the way of Danyle Pearce's move to Fremantle, with the beleaguered club saying it would be "irresponsible" for it to match the Dockers' offer.
But the Power is still deliberating on weather to let Troy Chaplin move to Richmond, under the new free-agency rules.
Port's football manager Peter Rohde said after "careful consideration" the club had decided it would not match Fremantle's offer for Pearce's services.
"We have taken time to think about the situation and have resolved that it would be irresponsible in the context of our team structure at Port Adelaide to match the offer put forward by Fremantle," Rohde said.
"Danyle has made a strong contribution during his eight years at Port Adelaide and we wish him well with his new opportunity in the AFL."
Pearce was rookie-listed by Port Adelaide in 2005 before his debut later that year and going on to play 154 games for the Power. He earned the title of AFL Rising Star in 2006 and was a part of Port Adelaide's 2007 grand final side.
Rohde said the club was still deciding whether to match Richmond's offer to Chaplin, and is also assessing its own options in the free-agency period.