Silly season in the AFL has well and truly started, with plenty of the region’s exports involved in trade, free agency and contract talks.
It can be difficult to cut through rumours to reach the facts, but it looks as if at least a few of the Goulburn Valley’s products could be on the move.
Shepparton and Shepparton Swans export Jarman Impey is increasingly unlikely to remain at Port Adelaide next year, despite being under contract until the end of next season.
Impey was photographed having dinner with Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli and then-teammate Jackson Trengrove the night before the AFL grand final and after the latter defected to the Dogs yesterday as a restricted free agent, he hinted at dragging the speedster along with him.
‘‘It’s sort of an awkward position that I’m in, obviously I’d love for him (Impey) to play with me again,’’ Trengrove said on AFL Trade Radio.
‘‘He’s in a unique situation where he has to make a decision and I can’t make it for him.
‘‘I’d love to make it for him and I know where he’d end up if I was making it, but he’ll make his decision in the coming weeks and he’ll make the right decision for what’s best for him.’’
Various sources, including Kane Cornes, have also linked Impey with Hawthorn.
Former Power champion Cornes highlighted the strong relationship between Impey, 22, and Trengrove on AFL Trade Radio on Thursday.
‘‘I’m hearing that Jarman Impey will be leaving the Port Adelaide Football Club,’’ he said.
‘‘He does have a close relationship with Jackson Trengrove. The fact that he is leaving means that Impey will be leaving.
‘‘Hawthorn have a really keen interest in Jarman Impey. How they get that deal done, I’m not exactly sure. When you look at Hawthorn, they aren’t exactly blessed with draft picks.’’
The Hawks have just picks 32, 42, 60 and 79 in this year’s draft due to previous trades.
Power coach Ken Hinkley played down speculation on Wednesday night though, telling radio station FIVEaa that Impey was a required player and any trade would have to be of value to the club.
‘‘I’m not aware he wants out,’’ he said.
‘‘And he is not a player I want to see leave.
‘‘But the club would have to come first (in a deal). He’s played 70-odd games, we took him at the end of the first round and he is a high-quality player. If he does want to leave, the club would need to be compensated adequately.’’
Benalla export Tom Rockliff is almost certain to play under Hinkley next year — barring Brisbane matching any offer for the restricted free agent — after nominating Alberton Oval as his preferred destination during the week.
Rockliff’s manager, Tom Petroro of Stride Sports management, said yesterday an offer would be tabled shortly.
‘‘Over the coming days we’ll lodge paperwork with Port,’’ he told SEN Radio.
‘‘Tom, at age, 27, saw Port in a really opportunistic position in regard to finals and Tom wanted to chase some success.’’
Rockliff, 27, has not tasted finals football in his 154-game career at the Lions, only playing one match (round 18) in his debut season, which was the last time his side made the top eight.