Motlop move puts Crows in a spot
ADELAIDE’S AFL stand- off with Brisbane over Charlie Cameron took another twist yesterday with Steve Motlop’s decision to join Port Adelaide.
The Crows and Gold Coast had keenly sought the signature of the Geelong restricted free agent, but he went with Port, who lodged paperwork with the league yesterday.
The Cats have three days to decide if they will match Port’s offer, but that is considered unlikely. Motlop’s decision could affect Cameron’s desired move to the Lions, who have uns u c c e s s f u l l y offered pick No. 19 to Adelaide. The Crows have pushed the line that he will be required to see out the final year of his contract next season, but this had been widely regarded as a negotiating tactic.
The Lions also hold picks one, 12 and 18 in the first round.
If Motlop had chosen to join Don Pyke’s team, Cameron would have likely found his way to Brisbane, with the Crows – having found a speedy replacement – then pushed to claim pick 18 or even 12.
But with Motlop set to ply his trade for their cross- town rivals, Adelaide might be forced to knock back Cameron’s request to be closer to family in Brisbane.