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Port, Collingwood vie for Young's attention

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PORT Adelaide has joined Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

Port has an interest in Young, who, as an unrestricted free agent, can walk to the club of his choice if he decides to leave the Hawks, who are optimistic of retaining the long-kicking left-footer, having upgraded their initial offer.

Collingwood, the other known suitor, has opened up some salary-cap room by losing Sharrod Wellingham to West Coast and might yet lose Chris Dawes for a further saving, though the Pies have consumed some of that money by signing their own free agent in forward Quinten Lynch.

Port has already gained Angus Monfries from Essendon via a trade, when it could have acquired him as a free agent, because the Power did not want to jeopardise the draft compensation it would receive for losing Danyle Pearce and Troy Chaplin on substantial contracts. The AFL will give it two selections for those players, with rival clubs speculating they will either be in the second round or at the end of the first round. But if Port recruited Young as a free agent, it would reduce what the club received for Pearce and Chaplin.

Gold Coast has spoken to Tom Murphy, an unrestricted agent at Hawthorn given that, like Young, his salary is not in the Hawks' top 25 per cent. The Suns are on the lookout for a senior defender to help support their young group.

Sydney and Adelaide say they are making progress in their negotiations over the prospective trading of Kurt Tippett to the Swans.


Adelaide list manager David Noble, who met yesterday with Sydney's head of recruiting, Kinnear Beatson, said of the discussions: ''Progression's been good. There's been some positive discussions. It's advanced and moving forward.''

Tippett's management has confirmed there is ''an understanding'' between he and the Crows that he would be traded to the club of his choice at season's end if he wished. But the Crows have made plain that they will not be trading him for a second-round pick, as per the reported agreement struck with Tippett when he signed a deal in 2009. Sydney's first pick is No. 22.

The Crows met with Greater Western Sydney ruckman Jonathan Giles over the past week and have an interest in acquiring him, though they say any Giles trade - and he is yet to say he wants to leave GWS to return to his home state - would be separate from the Tippett talks.

Sydney football operations chief Dean Moore said that premiership pair Mike Pyke and Craig Bird were on the brink of signing new deals with the club.

Ben Jacobs has formally requested a trade from Port Adelaide back to Victoria and has attracted some interest, though without a concrete offer, from St Kilda, North Melbourne and Essendon.

The Power ruled out recruiting Carlton defender Jordan Russell as a free agent yesterday.

Adelaide has upgraded 28-year-old rookie Ian Callinan to its senior list on a one-year contract extension. Callinan could have walked to another club as a free agent had the club not offered him a senior spot.