On the back of a dream trade period where the Power picked up star signings Tom Rockliff, Jack Watts and Steven Motlop, Sheahan says the club will go all the way next season.
Port Adelaide’s 2017 campaign finished in disappointment after their elimination final loss to West Coast, but Sheahan believes the quality of the club’s new signings immediately improves the club to the best team in the AFL.
“Some people would call them flaky, but I have the Port Adelaide Power as my flag favourites,” Sheahan told SEN Breakfast.
“They have got accomplished footballers stepping straight into that team. Motlop, he was Geelong’s best player in the finals, Jack Watts and Rockliff is a star.”
Sheahan said he expects de-listed Kangaroos goalsneak Lindsay Thomas to eventually get recruited by the Power and says the change of environment will get the best of the 29-year-old.
The former Herald Sun chief football reporter said even with limited opportunities in Port Adelaide’s best 22, he expects Thomas to add 30 goals to Port Adelaide’s scoresheet in 2018.
“Lindsay Thomas isn’t in their best team, but I’ll bet you now that Lindsay Thomas kicks 30 goals in 2018,” he said.
PIES’ ‘STAGGERING’ TRADE FAIL
Mike Sheahan says he is staggered by Collingwood’s failure to have a crack during the 2017 AFL Trade Period.
He said Collingwood has set themselves up for another disappointing season next year— after the club slipped to 13th on the table in 2017.
He said the Pies dropped the ball by failing to be aggressive in the trade period, further delaying their rebound back into finals football.
“They have reaffirmed their faith in the coach, and the playing list is essentially exactly what it was in 2017,” Sheahan told SEN Breakfast.
“Who’s to blame for a team that continues to finish outside the eight and this year finished 13th with nine and a half wins? Where’s the blame apportioned here?
“They don’t have the luxury of saying they can wait. I was amazed that A: there was so little activity from Collingwood and that B: that they didn’t take a punt on Josh Schache. We’ve heard all year that Darcy Moore is not ready to do the job up forward, he’s one out and they need some height.
“Finals teams have got four players in from other clubs. Port Adelaide have done it, Geelong have nearly done it, getting these blokes. They’re a lot better placed than Collingwood. I’m staggered by the inactivity at Collingwood.
“How can you, if you’re a Collingwood supporter, expect to bridge that gap with the same team?”
AFL recruitment guru Chris Pelchen says the Pies’ poor trade period can only mean one thing.
He says Collingwood has set itself up to make a massive play for Suns star forward Tom Lynch at the end of the 2018 season.
“I think they’re going to be a very, very keen pursuer of Tom Lynch in 12 months,” Pelchen said.
SHEAHAN WHACKS BLUES TRADE
CARLTON has been widely praised for forcing Adelaide to offer up two first round draft picks in exchange for letting Bryce Gibbs go to Adelaide — but the asking price wasn’t high enough, according to veteran footy reporter Mike Sheahan.
The Fox Footy personality says losing Gibbs is a massive blow to the club’s ability to turn its young players into stars and believes — even at the age of 28 — that Gibbs was too important a player to lose.
“Gibbs is 28 with five years of good football left in him,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“My principle still stands, you can’t just keep throwing kids into a group, because you need some stability around them. Gibbs is a very good player who is underrated by most people in the competition.
“He has five years left in him with the way he plays footy, the way he looks after himself, and his skills say he can play until he is 33.
“Good players are too hard to get. There is always this romance about the next draft and how we have picks No. 10, No. 11, No. 12 and No. 13. There is no guarantee you’re going to get good players with those picks.”