Port Adelaide have cleared extra space on their list to make way for more mature-age recruits after delistings three players on Sunday.
The Power axed veteran speedster Matt White, youngster Jesse Palmer and forward Brett Eddy, with the club now better positioned to land the experienced players in their sights.
While Port brought in free agents Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop, and traded in former No.1 draft pick Jack Watts earlier this month, they lost six players to others clubs, with Brendon Ah Chee, Jarman Impey, Jackson Trengove, Aaron Young, Matthew Lobbe and Logan Austin all heading to rivals. Nathan Krakouer and Angus Monfries had also retired, leaving Port poised to bring in more ready-made talent.
The Power have been eyeing North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas in the hope of the goalsneak being delisted by the Roos ahead of Tuesday’s first list lodgement deadline, although the small forward still has has a year to run on his contract with the Roos. Port have also being linked to Gold Coast’s Trent McKenzie, whose future at the Suns remains in doubt, delisted Kangaroo Aaron Mullett, and out-of-contract Essendon utility Jackson Merrett.
Port’s general manager of football Chris Davies thanked the departing players for their contributions.
“Matthew came to Port Adelaide in 2014 and has been a really important member of the squad with his speed and ability to hit the scoreboard,” Davies said.
“Regrettably, injury robbed Matthew [White] of playing time in 2016, but he fought back to make an impact in the AFL in 2017 and was also a great leader with our young SANFL team.
“Jesse [Palmer] finished 2016 strongly, earning his AFL debut in Round 21 and holding his place for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to break into the Power side this season despite solid form with the [Port Adelaide] Magpies.
“Brett Eddy’s strong pre-season, after joining us as a rookie last summer, earned him a round one AFL debut in our win over Sydney. He continued to push for senior selection all season, winning his second successive Ken Farmer medal for the SANFL’s leading goalkicker.”
White played 48 games in four seasons at Port – including seven this year – after playing 105 for Richmond. Mature-age forward Eddy played three senior games for Port, as did Palmer, who didn’t feature at AFL level in 2017.