It’s all clear sailing to Rocky’s next Port of call

October 12, 2017

Benalla export Tom Rockliff with Port Adelaide from next season after Brisbane declined to match the club's offer. Image: AAP Image/Dan Peled

Tom Rockliff will start season 2018 in new colours.

Port Adelaide lodged paperwork for the Benalla export to move to Alberton on Tuesday, with Brisbane confirming yesterday that it would not match the offer, believed to be about $650000 a season over four years, for the restricted free agent.

The Power coup brings to an end Rockliff’s 154-game career at the Lions, which included two years as captain, a pair of Merrett-Murray Medal wins and an All-Australian blazer over nine seasons.

Brisbane general manager of football David Noble heaped praise upon the midfielder’s tenure at the Lions.

‘‘Tom has been a wonderful contributor to our club over a long period of time, providing leadership as the captain and a multiple best and fairest winner,’’ he said.

‘‘We understand that free agency allows players to explore the market and look at their options after eight years of service to the club. We wish Tom, Sharna and Jack all the best with their new venture but will never forget his contribution to our club.’’

The Lions will receive compensation for Rockliff’s departure in the form of a draft pick at the end of the first round, which currently stands to be number 18.

Even if Luke Hodge joins the club that pick will be safe, as the Hawthorn veteran lost his free agency status when he retired at the end of this year’s campaign.

Other Goulburn Valley players mooted in trade moves, including Shepparton export Jarman Impey and Seymour-bred Josh Schache, remain in limbo at the time of printing, with clubs still easing into the long period of wheeling and dealing.

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