Port Adelaide’s GM of Football, Chris Davies, suggests a move for Brad Crouch this trade period is “highly unlikely”.
The Adelaide midfielder has been heavily linked with the Power in recent weeks with SEN SA’s Michelangelo Rucci indicating last week that there has been a “take it or leave it” offer made.
Davies says he cannot categorically state if Crouch will be with the Power next year but is not holding hope that a deal for the 26-year-old will be struck.
“Categorically? Nothing in footy right now is able to be said categorically, but I’ll say this,” he said on SEN SA Breakfast.
“The machinations of getting Brad Crouch to Port Adelaide, I think, are going to be insurmountable for the club to achieve.
“Even if we did want to have Brad Crouch at our club, the length of time that he’s looking for, the fact that Adelaide would be letting him go to Port Adelaide in the current market, I just can’t see it happening.
“I think that’s as good as I can give you at the moment to say that we are highly unlikely to have Brad Crouch on our list next year.”
Davies was also quizzed on Essendon’s Orazio Fantasia who wants to head home to South Australia according to the Crows.
“I’ve used the line over time, I’ve never actually spoken to Orazio Fantasia,” he added.
“I reckon I will before he expresses an interest to come to Port Adelaide.
“Orazio is an Essendon player. I haven’t heard what Adelaide heard last week when they declared he wanted out of Essendon.
“Whilst Orazio’s still an Essendon player, I think I’ll respect that enough to say that the minute he suggests to us, and more importantly suggests to Essendon, that he doesn’t want to play there, we’ll have an interest then.
“Until then, we’ll keep our powder dry.”
The Power’s minor premiership-winning season was ended by Richmond on Friday night in a narrow Preliminary Final defeat at the Adelaide Oval.