AFL Trades: ‘Chad Wingard won’t be at Port Adelaide next year’
Port Adelaide star Chad Wingard is set to depart the club in the off-season according to Herald Sun journalist Jon Ralph.
It’s a decision which could leave Power fans tearing their hair out – however the reality is Wingard hasn’t been able to recapture the form which saw him burst onto the scene in 2013.
On the back of an enormous recruitment drive ahead of the 2018 season which saw the likes of Jack Watts, Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop all join to the club, Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley may now be forced to make a Power-play.
With Wingard’s wealth of talent and potential, Ralph says there are a number of clubs who are chasing the goalsneak’s signature.
“It’s quite clear they’re (Western Bulldogs) considering offering pick seven for Chad Wingard,” Ralph said.
“Port Adelaide’s kept to themselves, he Wingard has only been top ten once in the last two seasons and he won’t be top ten in the Best and Fairest this year.
“So what we’re getting is clubs saying ‘we’re prepared to pay overs, we’re prepared to pay as much as $1 million a year for talent’.
“Even if that talent is unacquired, we know that Wingard is such a dangerous player, he’s got a Best and Fairest at the club plus two All-Australians.
“He’s such a dangerous player at his best, but right now Port Adelaide is saying ‘we’re not ready to pay on potential or what we saw three or four years ago’.
“There’s enough clubs out there that need to rise up quickly, no doubt the Western Bulldogs are one of those clubs and also Hawthorn.”
“There’s a lot to play out in terms of where he might land, but I’m more and more convinced that Chad Wingard wont be at Port Adelaide next year.”
After being taken at pick six in the 2011 AFL draft, Wingard has only kicked 22 goals this season, two less than last year and a far cry from the 40+ goals he kicked in 2013-2015.
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