Club talking tough on wantaway star
Oct. 09, 2019
The Power find themselves at the centre of trade discussions on Thursday as Dougal Howard and Orazio Fantasia attempt to find new clubs.
Howard informed Port he is hoping to be traded to St Kilda on Wednesday, but the news was met strongly by Power football manager Chris Davies.
“Dougal is aware that he is a highly valued, required player at Port Adelaide,” Davies said.
“Given he is contracted to the end of 2022, the club will only entertain a trade with St Kilda if it is in our best interests to do so.
“We will discuss the situation with the Saints but if a suitable outcome for our club cannot be reached, Dougal is well aware that he will remain a Port Adelaide player in 2020.”
Saints footy boss Simon Lethlean flagged the club’s interest in securing Howard early in the trade period.
“If Dougal wants to come to the Saints, he fits in as a key position (player) — whether that’s back or forward,” Lethlean said on Monday.
“He can probably play as a swingman as well, so he’d fit nicely with (Jake) Carlisle, (Max) King and others. He’s a pretty impressive player and kid.
“He’s captained his club this year (in one game), so it shows the leadership he’s got. He’d be a good get if he wants to come to Victoria, but I don’t think he’s decided yet.”
In other trade news as the period enters day four:
FANTASIA seems all but certain to request a trade to Port Adelaide this week. But his lack of decisiveness and clarity over his decision has left Essendon “annoyed” as they wait for a call on the contracted forward’s future. “He is all over the place and it has annoyed the Essendon Football Club, it’s annoyed the managers who he canvassed for his services, he now has a third manager in the Adelaide-based Michael Doughty. “Yesterday was meant to be the day and ideally for Essendon it would have been yesterday to at least get some clarity in what they want to do … they’re not going to be shedding any tears over losing him.”
AFTER sealing a deal to send Tim Kelly to West Coast on Wednesday, Geelong’s talks with St Kilda over Jack Stevens haven’t been as smooth. The Cats only want to cough up pick 37 for the veteran midfielder, which doesn’t appear enough for the Saints. “There is every possibility that Jack Steven will be staying with St Kilda,” Cats list boss Steven Well told AFL Trade Radio. “They’ve got a good player there that had a tough year (this year). Under the right circumstances, we’d be happy to take Jack on down at Geelong but we might not be able to come to a deal there.”
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