Hawthorn bidding to bring in Wingard

12 October 2018 22:06:15 GMTPlus11

Port Adelaide are prepared to ward off Hawthorn's interest in Chad Wingard.

The Hawks will need to improve on what they have put forward as their opening gambit as they look to secure the contracted forward.

Key position player Tim O'Brien and fringe midfielder Kieran Lovell had been suggested as potential inclusions in a deal to get him, but that's been dismissed as a possibility by both clubs.

So far 21-year-old Ryan Burton is the only player who has been put on the trade table by Hawthorn.

They also have their first-round pick, No.15 overall, as part of the offer.

Wingard requested a trade on Thursday, saying he wanted to go to Hawthorn rather than Western Bulldogs who had also been courting him.

Power football manager Chris Davies has responded by saying the club would only release him from the final year of his contract if "an acceptable trade can be struck". 

To get a deal across the line Hawthorn will need to at least surpass the first-round compensation pick Port Adelaide would almost certainly receive if Wingard walked as a free agent at the end of next season.

The player was challenged, in his exit interview at the end of last season, to kick on next year.

He won the club's best and fairest award in 2013 and was runner-up in 2015 but hasn't been able to maintain that form.

Wingard was sixth in the club's 2018 best and fairest count.

Burton will consider his playing future once he returns from holiday in the USA. He re-signed with Hawthorn last July through to the end of 2020.

Port Adelaide are 22/1 to win the 2019 Grand Final.

Port's Charlie Dixon is 50/1 to win the Coleman Medal.

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