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Port Adelaide secure versatile Swan on four-year deal

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Sydney defender and back-up ruckman Aliir Aliir has joined Port Adelaide on a four-year deal.

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The trade, completed today, will see Port Adelaide hand Sydney the club’s future second-round draft in return for Aliir.

Aliir, 26, toured the Power’s Alberton facilities on Monday and moves clubs after 64 games with the Swans.

“Aliir has impressed us during his time with Sydney with his defensive work and his ability to spend time in the ruck,” said Port Adelaide’s general manager – football, Chris Davies.

“We see him adding depth to our key defensive stocks and we think he is capable of fitting in with our overall defensive system.

“His speed, athleticism and intercept marking will certainly add value to our team, and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.”

Port are also looking to complete a trade for Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia.

Fantasia is determined to return to South Australia for the second year in a row but a deal between the Power and the Bombers is still a fair way off with just two days remaining in the trade period.

Davies said Port won’t be “walking away” from trading for the 25-year-old if it becomes difficult with Essendon.

“We’ve got a responsibility to try and get things done, because that’s the type of club we’ve been,” Davies told Trade Radio.

“If a player has said he wants to come then we do our best to work to get him to us, but at the same time there’s a limit and we’re not at that limit right now.”

In other trade news today, Adam Saad is finally a Carlton player with the Blues and Essendon agreeing on an AFL trade for the dashing defender.

The Bombers have received Carlton’s prized pick eight as well as a fourth-round selection for Saad, who wanted out after three seasons at Essendon.

Along with the 26-year-old, the Bombers have also packaged up pick 48 and 78 to send to Carlton.

The rivals have been at loggerheads over the former Gold Coast player since he requested a trade to Carlton on October 5.

Saad played 61 games for the Bombers after 48 matches across three years for the Suns.

“To have a player and person of Adam’s quality nominate and ultimately join our football club is a great sign of the environment we are building here,” Blues list manager Nick Austin said.

“Few in the competition are better to watch when in full flight than Adam and we can’t wait to see his electrifying pace added to our backline.”

Essendon are boasting about having picks six, seven and eight after not having used a first-round selection since 2016.

“We now have three top-10 draft picks for this year’s AFL national draft, which is a very strong position to be in, particularly with the calibre of this year’s draft class,” Bombers list boss Adrian Dodoro said.

In other moves on Wednesday, Geelong speedster Nakia Cockatoo’s trade to the Brisbane Lions has been settled for a future third-round pick and the Cats’ Lachie Fogarty is off to Carlton.

A former No.10 draft pick, Cockatoo hasn’t played a game since 2018 but the Lions are banking on their good recent record of reviving the careers of injury-prone players.

– with AAP

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