The Courier-Mail

DIXON BOOTS Suns forward looks to the Power after declining contract

- ANDREW HAMILTON GREG DAVIS

CHARLIE Dixon has played his last game for the Suns and wants to continue his career with Port Adelaide.

The Power are prepared to pay Dixon about $3.5 million over five years while the Suns had refused to budge on their offer of about $1.5 million over three years.

The clinical way in which the Suns were happy to part with Dixon suggests they would also entertain a trade for Harley Bennell – who has also endured a troubled season.

Bennell and Dixon were seen as two of the ringleader­s of a pack of players that were struggling to meet the standards of profession­alism expected by the club.

The Gold Coast said they will attempt to get Dixon to Port Adelaide but will be firm on what they consider his trade value to be. It is believed there are no players at Alberton that would satisfy them and their preference is to negotiate for draft picks.

Although the Suns’ offer remained on the table there were elements at the club that wanted Dixon to be traded out.

Senior figures say he refused to buy in when he was asked to take on more leadership after his mid-season drinking scandal.

The coaching panel also wanted more productivi­ty, to match the contract value his management team had placed on his signature.

Dixon was one of the Gold Coast’s first players, signing as a 17-year-old in 2008, before the club was granted an AFL licence. He has played 65 games and kicked 94 goals for them.

“I appreciate enormously the opportunit­y they gave me to play in the AFL ... but I just feel a fresh start is the best thing right now for my football career,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brisbane said they had no option but to adopt a wait-and-see approach to their AFL draft fate after upsetting the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions’ win at the Gabba on Saturday saw Carlton finish with the wooden spoon.

If ruckman Matthew Kreuzer leaves the Blues, Carlton could get pick two as compensati­on to go along with the top selection, leaving the Lions with pick three.

Brisbane have formally requested a priority pick from the AFL. It would give them an extra selection to directly follow their first pick.

The Lions will conduct season reviews with players today and tomorrow when the club expects to hear if any more players want out of the Gabba.

The trio of Brent Staker, Luke McGuane and Matt Maguire are retiring, and Jack Redden has requested a trade.

James Aish is also expected to request a trade. Matthew Leuenberge­r and Jed Adcock will leave as free agents. Jackson Paine and Mitch Golby are set to be delisted.

 ??  ?? HARD BALL: Charlie Dixon wants out and the Suns will let him go – for the right deal; (inset) Suns coach Rodney Eade speaks with Harley Bennell, who the club are believed to be willing to trade.
HARD BALL: Charlie Dixon wants out and the Suns will let him go – for the right deal; (inset) Suns coach Rodney Eade speaks with Harley Bennell, who the club are believed to be willing to trade.
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