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Power ponders best option for Monfries

On the move: Angus Monfries.

On the move: Angus Monfries. Photo: Paul Rovere

ANGUS Monfries' move to Port Adelaide may come via a trade rather than free agency, after the Power yesterday allowed defender Troy Chaplin's move to Richmond.

Chaplin became a Tiger after the Power, which has also lost Danyle Pearce to Fremantle, decided not to match the four-year contract he was offered as a restricted free agent.

The club is now considering the benefits of negotiating a trade for Monfries, who has been offered a significant four-year deal to leave Essendon, rather than lessen the compensation Port receives for Chaplin and Pearce by bringing Monfries in as a restricted free agent.

Troy Chaplin.

Troy Chaplin. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Melbourne, which expects Jared Rivers to soon sign with Geelong as an unrestricted free agent, considered the same scenario before yesterday securing Cat forward Shannon Byrnes.

Geelong announced ahead of last night's best and fairest function that Byrnes, a two-time premiership player, was leaving as an unrestricted free agent.

The Demons figure that gaining Byrnes as an unrestricted free agent will cancel out the loss of midfielder Brent Moloney, given the contract Byrnes has signed, and they will still benefit from the compensation received for Rivers.

But Moloney's move to a new club as an unrestricted free agent, after eight years at Melbourne, has become problematic, with the on-baller so far receiving minimal interest from other teams. The Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide are two he has been linked to.

The Power also has some reported interest in Essendon defender Henry Slattery, who may be worked into a deal involving Monfries, should the 150-gamer accept Port's offer. Trading starts on Monday and coincides with the free agency period for one week.

As Richmond hoped Chaplin's experience and leadership would benefit its group of young key defenders, Port Adelaide said it had considered ''detailed medical opinion'' before deciding against matching the Tigers' offer.

"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," football manager Peter Rohde said.

Meanwhile, Jesse White has requested a trade from Sydney, where the 24-year-old forward played just three games in the Swans' premiership season.

White, originally recruited from Queensland after spending most of his junior years playing basketball, put together an impressive 20-game season in 2010 but has fallen down the pecking order since.

He is contracted for another year but, given Sam Reid's development, the recruitment of Tommy Walsh and Sydney's potential to snare Kurt Tippett, the Swans are happy to facilitate a trade.

His fate may depend on which club secures Tippett and whether Chris Dawes moves on from Collingwood, with a couple of clubs expressing some interest.

Essendon is poised to declare its interest in recruiting Tom Fields, the 19-year-old son of former midfielder Neville, as a father-son rookie selection by today's deadline.

The Bombers, who will make official their bid for Joe Daniher by the 2pm deadline, must express their interest in Fields, who played for Labrador in the Queensland state league, at the same time.

Under the new rule introduced this year, clubs are not committed to pick any father-son rookies they nominate, but must make their interest in possibly doing so known. Should the player then go through the national draft and not be selected by another team, the club may pre-select them ahead of the rookie draft in December.

Gold Coast, which has access to Fields as a Queensland zone player, could move him to Windy Hill in a trade deal, but the Bombers would prefer to place him on their rookie rather than senior list.

7 comments

  • A chance for Monfries to feature on a different "stage."

    Commenter
    daniel
    Location
    rural nsw
    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 7:27AM
    • Boom boom!

      Commenter
      Space Doubt
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 9:31AM
  • Monfries has other competitors at Essendon of equal value and is not irreplaceable. No great loss but could help Essendon get another more valuable player. Slattery has always been too negative and defensive and lacked attacking flair. Should have been traded 2 yesrs ago. Essendon needs a bit of a clean out to get a few more solid performers.

    Commenter
    Rabaul
    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 9:55AM
    • bye bye, I always thought you were over-rated, FRONT RUNNER

      Commenter
      Adams
      Location
      pascoe vale south
      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 11:11AM
  • good informative reporting then i read Rapheal Clark is a free agent and has been scouted by GWS and Carlton! WTF!!! havent they seen him play? i'm surprised he is on any list, he must be the worst player ever, never had any confidence in him or his brother

    Commenter
    John
    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 10:48AM
    • Great news if Monfries is going anyway because now Essendon will get something in return from Port (maybe Pick #28) as opposed to diddly squat from the AFL (re. F/A compo pick). Same goes for Slattery - to get anything for him from Port will be a complete bonus.

      Commenter
      DJCJ
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 11:16AM
      • Packaging up Monfries and Slattery is the only way Bombers will get something worthwhile from this. Certainly time for them to move on - let's hope Port plays ball. Maybe a late first round or early second round pick for the pair would be about par.

        Commenter
        Charlie
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        October 05, 2012, 1:15PM
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