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Rocky road to Alberton

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October 05, 2017

Tom Rockliff has signaled his intention to leave Brisbane and nominated the Power as his preferred destination over Carlton.

Port Adelaide could house yet another Goulburn Valley export within the next month.

Benalla product Tom Rockliff has signalled his intention to leave Brisbane and nominated the Power as his preferred destination over Carlton.

As a restricted free agent, Port Adelaide must meet the Lions’ requirements as coach Chris Fagan said there was a chance Brisbane could choose to equal the South Australian club’s contract offer.

‘‘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,’’ Fagan said on RSN.

‘‘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.’’

Rockliff captained the club from for two years, before Dayne Beams took over this season.

He is recovering from shoulder surgery after battling through the injury for half a season.

Should Rockliff’s deal go through with Port Adelaide, he will join Goulburn Valley exports Jarman Impey, Ollie Wines, Tom Clurey, Todd Marshall and Aidyn Johnson at Alberton Oval.

But in positive news for Brisbane fans, the manager of Josh Schache has reaffirmed the Seymour export’s commitment to remain in Queensland.

After consistent speculation about the young forward’s future during the year, Schache signed a two-year contract extension in June.

Schache’s manager David Trotter said this week Schache’s intentions were to remain in Queensland.

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