Power lets Chaplin go after medical assessment on knee
RICHMOND's South Australia recruiting campaign has continued apace, with Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin cleared to follow Adelaide's Chris Knights in joining the Tigers.
The Power today announced an adverse medical appraisal of Chaplin, 26, had ultimately dissuade them from matching the Tigers' long-term contract offer for the key defender. As a result, the restricted free agent will make the move to Victoria to bolster the Tigers' undermanned defensive stocks.
"Troy needed serious knee surgery towards the end of 2012 and while we hope he has many years of football left, we're not prepared to commit to the extent Richmond is," Port general manager of footballer operations Peter Rohde said in a statement.
"We would have liked Troy to remain at Alberton, but on terms suitable to the Port Adelaide Football Club as well as the player. In fact, we had what we considered a fair contract in front of Troy and his management for a long period this year, but unfortunately they were unwilling to sign.
"Troy has been a valuable player at Port Adelaide throughout his time with us and we sincerely thank him for his efforts with our club and wish him the very best at Richmond and back home in Victoria."
Chaplin is the second player the Power has lost to fledgling free-agency rules this week, after Danyle Pearce, who has since joined Fremantle.
Richmond general manager of football operations Craig Cameron said Chaplin would help the Tigers, both as a player and as an on-and off-field leader.
"We have a young, developing defensive group, and Troy is well-equipped to provide the necessary know-how and experience to assist the likes of Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes, Jake Batchelor and Ben Griffiths," Cameron said.