Port Adelaide is confident it will have West Coast premiership ruckman Scott Lycett on the Power list — through a free-agency play — on Tuesday. Picture: Julian Smith
Port Adelaide is confident it will have West Coast premiership ruckman Scott Lycett on the Power list — through a free-agency play — on Tuesday. Picture: Julian Smith

Power plays waiting game on Lycett

PORT Adelaide will only use free agency - and not trade draft picks or players - for West Coast premiership ruckman Scott Lycett.

The Eagles have until 12.30pm (SA time) Tuesday to match the Power's five-year, $3 million offer to Lycett, a restricted free agent.

West Coast football boss Craig Vozzo left the opening round of AFL trade talks in Melbourne on Monday saying the Eagles' pressing need for ruckmen - while Nic Naitanui recovers from his second serious knee injury - would force the AFL premiers to consider matching Port Adelaide's bid.

 

But Lycett's manager Colin Young does not expect a late hitch to Lycett's return to Alberton where he was an SANFL-based player with the Magpies until 2010. And Young has told the Power that reports of Lycett reconsidering a free-agency move to stay with the Eagles are incorrect.

Port Adelaide football boss Chris Davies says his club will either have Lycett on Tuesday - or move on to a Plan B trade strategy to find support for lead ruckman Patrick Ryder.

"It is up to West Coast to decide its move, but Scott has made it clear to us he wants to be at Port Adelaide," Davies told The Advertiser. "When we asked about those reports he has reconsidered, we got a two-word response - 'complete rubbish'."

Port Adelaide's trade plays continue to focus on scoring early draft picks to take advantage of the strong crew of SA juniors nominating to be AFL players in the November 22-23 national draft.

This will come with conceding uncontracted wingman Jared Polec to North Melbourne, but less and less likely with contracted midfielder-forward Chad Wingard.

Port Adelaide had none of Wingard's noted suitors, in particular the Western Bulldogs, to use - the Power's term - "come hard" in Monday's trade talks at Etihad Stadium.

"We have had nothing that compels us to consider letting Chad go (before he becomes a free agent at the end of next season)," Davies said of 25-year-old Wingard.

"Nothing has changed. Chad is a contracted player - and he will be with us next season unless he tells us he wants to go."

Port Adelaide had sound talks with the Kangaroos who have a five-year, $3.5 million deal with Polec. He should deliver a first-round draft pick to the Power in a trade.

"That could be done in the next few days," Davies said.

Port Adelaide's other potential trades will take more time.

Defender Jack Hombsch's move to Gold Coast hinges on the Suns losing co-captain Steven May. Small forward Jake Neade could be a late trade, as will be midfielder-forward Karl Amon who has family reasons to return to Melbourne.

Contracted defender Jasper Pittard also could draw interest late in the trade period that ends at 8pm next Wednesday.

Port Adelaide has not moved on Brisbane's eagerness to trade South Australian defender Sam Mayes who needs to return to Adelaide for family reasons. The Crows have shut down any talk of Mayes' move to West Lakes in a trade.