Port lose interest in Griffin
Port Adelaide are searching for a mature-age ruckman in trade negotiations other than Jonathon Griffin, with the Fremantle big man appearing likely to remain a Docker next year.
Hawthorn premiership player Brent Renouf is believed to be firmly on the Power’s radar.
Sydney coach John Longmire also confirmed yesterday that Port had shown interest in former West Coast ruckman and now Sydney back-up Mark Seaby.
Both Renouf and Seaby battled injuries in 2011 before struggling to force their way into their respective sides.
Renouf, 23, missed out on the Hawks’ finals campaign on the back of WA giant Max Bailey’s successful return from a third knee reconstruction, while Seaby, 27, has battled for game time, with Shane Mumford preferred as a solo ruckman.
The Power yesterday confirmed they had made no headway with securing Griffin, 25, and were looking elsewhere for an experienced ruckman to replace the retired Dean Brogan and assist developing novice Matthew Lobbe.
“We still haven’t given up complete hope on Griffin, but we’re certainly looking at other options as well,” a Port Adelaide spokesman said.
Griffin had previously expressed a willingness to return to South Australia after just one year on Fremantle’s list.
He found himself behind both senior ruckman Aaron Sandilands and emerging youngster Zac Clarke at the Dockers this season in playing just seven matches to bring his career tally to 48 games.
New Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has publicly stated that Griffin is a “required player” at the Dockers.
The club’s push to get Brisbane’s Mitch Clark is expected to reach a crucial stage today.
Clark’s manager Colin Young told 6PR last night he was hopeful the deal would be finalised today.
He said the compensation pick Fremantle had received for Rhys Palmer going to Greater Western Sydney could be part of the deal.
West Coast have been linked to Western Bulldogs forward Josh Hill.
The 22-year-old Claremont product is coming off two disappointing years, having managed just 12 matches in each season after an encouraging start to his career at Whitten Oval.
West Coast declined to comment on Hill yesterday.