Tom Rockliff (centre) seems set to be traded to Port Adelaide.
Tom Rockliff (centre) seems set to be traded to Port Adelaide. DARREN ENGLAND

'Not end of world' if Tom Rockliff leaves, says coach

BRISBANE Lions coach Chris Fagan says it won't be the end of the world, if former skipper Tom Rockliff takes up an offer to join Port Adelaide.

The 27-year-old clearance specialist looks certain to join the Power, where his former coach Michael Voss is now an assistant.

But, as a restricted free agent, the Lions have the option of matching any Port Adelaide offer.

"You're a little bit disappointed because a lot of work did go into Tom during the year, but Tom put a lot of work in himself, too," Fagan told Melbourne radio RSN on Wednesday.

"There's still a bit to play out with that one. We don't know what Port Adelaide's offer is. We may choose to match it because he's a restricted free agent.

"(But) it's not the end of the world. You do get a compensation pick if he does go and that will be a good player for sure, because it'll be somewhere in the top 20 (draft picks).

"So it could be good for Tom and it could be good for the footy club."

Rockliff was stripped of the Lions' captaincy last summer after mounting speculation he was contemplating a move.

Of current players, only Lynden Dunn (182) has played more games without a final than Rockliff (154).

Port Adelaide football boss Chris Davies said a deal "of some significance" would need to be tabled to entice Rockliff to South Australia.

"We're really comfortable we've got the ability to do it," Davies told AFL Trade Radio.

"We think Tom can add significantly to a pretty good midfield already, but certainly will add some outstanding depth.

"We're rapt that we're in this position."

News Corp Australia


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