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Port’s chase for Swans defender hits deadlock

Port Adelaide is unlikely to give up a ruckman, such as Scott Lycett, for Sydney’s Aliir Aliir. Picture: Matt Turner/AFL Photos)

With Sam Naismith sidelined into next season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Sydney has inquired about Ladhams but the Norwood product is not keen on the move, nor is Port Adelaide, even if Aliir comes the other way.

Ladhams, 22, played 10 games this season, including both of the Power’s finals, and last year signed a deal until the end of 2022.

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He was overlooked for the first six rounds and was suspended for three games for a COVID breach, but fought his way back into the side by the end of the campaign.

The Power view Aliir, 26, as someone who can bolster their key-defensive stocks and pinch-hit in other positions following the retirement of Justin Westhoff.

But he is contracted to the Swans for another year and it is understood he is likely to stay there, unless Port Adelaide is prepared to release Ladhams or Scott Lycett.

Sydney is not believed to be interested in emerging big man Sam Hayes, who has been on the Power’s list for three seasons without playing a game.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley and football manager Chris Davies have publicly stated the club will not be very active during the trade period, but a deal for Essendon’s Orazio Fantasia looms.

Fantasia, also a former Redleg, has officially told Bombers coach Ben Rutten he wants a trade to the Power, where he has strong connections with captain Tom Jonas and assistant Nathan Bassett.

Since being drafted at pick 55 in 2013, Fantasia has played 80 games but has been injury-prone and kicked more than 30 goals just once – 39 in 2013.

He lined up in just five games this season.

The Power is not a suitor in any potential chase for Fremantle forward Jesse Hogan.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide has inked Boyd Woodcock and Jarrod Lienert to new one-year deals.

North Adelaide premiership Woodcock made his debut in Round 10 and played another four games this season, while Sturt flag winner Lienert also featured in five matches in 2020, taking his career tally to 18.

List sizes will determine whether Woodcock is a rookie or in the primary squad.

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