Trade news, whispers, player movement, contract, latest, Xavier Duursma, Eddie Maslic


An out-of-favour Port Adelaide midfielder could find a new home to kickstart his career.

Plus the Eagles are looking for a left-field recruit.

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OUT-OF-FAVOUR POWER MID URGED TO EXPLORE OPTIONS

Port Adelaide looms as one of the biggest players in this season’s trade period, with ex-Crow Mark Bickley suggesting Xavier Duursma could be one of the names to move in the off-season.

The Power met with Brodie Grundy recently as they look to secure his services in 2024 and beyond, while Geelong utility Esava Ratugolea this week nominated them as his club of choice.

In an off-season where the Power will look to add to their key position depth, Duursma’s trade value was raised by Bickley on SEN SA.

Duursma, 23, has struggled to cement his spot in the Power’s senior side, with the former pick No.18 slower to develop than fellow 2018 draftees Connor Rozee and Zak Butters.

“The reason Xavier Duursma’s name keeps coming up is because he hasn’t quite (kicked on)… he’s had injuries, he’s had interrupted continuity with his body and a host of other reasons, but people still think he’s really talented,” Bickley told SEN SA Breakfast.

“So there is a market out there for people who would be desperately keen to get Xavier Duursma.

“When you look at Port Adelaide’s side, he hasn’t been able to continually break in there. So what we are all suggesting is he’s worth ‘X’ and when things get tight, he might not be able to be paid ‘X’ to stay at Port Adelaide, whereas other clubs might be willing to pay more.

“His young talent, with his experience and his upside, they might be prepared to pay more than what Port Adelaide are able to do because of the bulging salary cap they seem to be heading towards.”

Bickley raised cross-town rivals Adelaide as a potential landing spot for Duursma, labelling the midfielder “ready-made” and in the Crows’ best 22.

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EAGLES’ LEFT-FIELD RUCK MOVE

The West Coast Eagles could recruit a 211cm and 118kg basketballer as the club looks to bolster its ruck stocks.

The West Australian reports Eddie Maslic was spotted by an Eagles contact while working in retail and quizzed about switching sports under the AFL’s Category B rookie system.

Maslic last played football in 2018 and moved to Perth in early 2023 to play in NBL1, ending his time with the Joondalup Wolves early.

‘I’m excited. I am super keen to see what it has to offer. I can see opportunities which would benefit me and the club. There’s no guarantees. We’ll have to see how it goes,” Maslic told The West Australian.

“I was at work and a customer who comes in every now and then, and who I’d had a chat to a few times, came up to me and said they’d like to introduce me to someone (at West Coast).

“I briefly played footy and I’ve thought about it in the past. It does seem like a great opportunity because I’m a sportsperson all round. I love sport in general so why not give it a crack?”

Category B rookies do not have to enter the draft and do not take up a spot on the club’s regular rookie list.



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