Mot­lop move puts Crows in a spot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

Steve Mot­lop.

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