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15th of October 2018

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Polec ‘filthy’ at Port after contract debacle

PORT Adelaide winger Jared Polec is leaving the Power because the club took too long to offer him a contract, according to former teammate Kane Cornes.

The 25-year-old has told the Power he wants a trade to North Melbourne during the October trade period.

North Melbourne had offered a lucrative five-year contract to Polec. The Power had reportedly offered a three-year deal worth less per season than the Kangaroos deal.

Cornes said he was furious at the treatment after four clubs were sniffing around for his signature and Port hadn’t come in with a comparable offer.

“He’s filthy at the club,” Cornes said in The Advertiser. “My information is that he was after a certain figure at the start of the year, over a certain number of years, and the club wasn’t willing to hand that over to him.”

Until today, he reportedly hadn’t talk Port Adelaide about his eagerness to move to the Kangaroos.

An important aspect of the move was his desire to move to Melbourne, where his partner is originally from.

“There is a bit of a pull (to go back to Melbourne),” Polec told Ten Eyewitness News Adelaide.

“Her whole family’s from Melbourne and she (Polec’s partner Alison) has come over here to support me so there’s a little bit of an aspect for her to go home but it’s more the opportunity I have in front of me.”

Polec said he’s excited to join the Kangaroos for the next step in his career.

“They’ve got the young players and they’ve got the core group that are really good and really talented they’ve got the hard midfield and it’ll definitely make my job a lot easier sitting on the outside that’s for sure,” he said.

“They're a pretty similar team to Port Adelaide in many ways with a hard-bodied midfield and they’re the small club in the city so they’ve got a lot of aspects the same. It’s just another hard working club which I’m really looking forward to.”

News of the trade request was met with statements from both clubs.

Port Adelaide said they wished to keep Polec at the club.

“Contract talks between Port Adelaide and midfielder Jared Polec have reached an impasse,” a statement from the club read.

“Jared has indicated to the club his preference is to be traded to a Victorian club if a new agreement at Port Adelaide cannot be reached.

“Port Adelaide will continue discussions with Jared and his management team in the lead up to next month’s AFL exchange period.”

For North Melbourne, the side was thrilled to be in the box seat to snag Polec’s signature.

“Jared has indicated his intent to cross to us during the trade period, provided a deal can be reached with Port Adelaide,” North general manager of football Cameron Joyce said.

“If everything pans out, as we expect, we’d be delighted to have Jared as he will add some elite qualities to our team.

“We’ll sit down with Port Adelaide in the coming weeks and hopefully agree to a mutually beneficial trade.”

South Australian-born Polec was drafted by Brisbane in 2010 and spent three years at the Lions. He was traded to the Power for the 2014 season.

RADIO HOST SLAMS GIANTS

3AW drive host Tom Elliott yesterday slammed the GWS Giants ahead of their semi-final clash with Collingwood on Saturday night, arguing Melbourne fans should back the Magpies.

The call came after Giants foundation coach and AFL legend Kevin Sheedy was quoted in the Herald Sun urging Melbourne fans to support the Giants.

“The Giants are a young club trying their backsides off, and they’re going to roll down into Melbourne and play probably the most disliked club in the history of Australian sport — Collingwood,” Sheedy said.

“So if you’re going to the game, wear orange. All Tigers and Bomber fans — any neutral fan, get along and wear orange.

“Dismiss Collingwood. Leave them there, lamenting. They’ve won two premierships in 50 years. That’s four hours of happiness in 50 years, that’s enough. That’s over the top.”

Elliott was quick to take the other side of the argument, slamming the western Sydney club.

“GWS, in my mind, no matter how well they play on the field, is the least likely of all football teams in the AFL,” Elliott said. “They’re a completely made-up side.

“They exist in an area where nobody outside the players has any interest in AFL football, I speak of Western Sydney. Their jumper is awful, their theme song is equally awful, their name is Americanised.

“Should we barrack for GWS against the old enemy of just about every other club, Collingwood.”

EX-AUSSIE NETBALLER JOINS MAGPIES AFLW

Former Australian and Magpies netballer Sharni Layton will be in black and white stripes again next year but in a football jumper rather than a dress after switching sports.

After calling time on her stellar netball career last month, Layton has decided to channel her competitive instincts into Australian football as a rookie with Collingwood’s AFLW team.

Known for her physicality on the netball court as one of Australia’s leading defenders, Layton said she played football as a junior but has a lot to learn.

“I left netball at the highest levels and come to football as a rookie with a lot to take in, a lot to develop and prove,” 30-year-old Layton said.

“It’s almost as if I am starting over, which is tremendously exciting.

“I’ve always loved football and I like to compete and I’m hoping that a lot of the elite habits netball developed in me I can transfer across to football.”

Layton said she’d been encouraged by the form of her ex-Magpies netball and Diamonds teammate Ash Brazill, who had also switched to football.

The club also signed Irish Gaelic football star Sarah Rowe last week, with the AFLW rookie signing period closing at the end of the month.

— with AAP

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