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Port Melbourne season 2018 player movements

Season 2017 saw the Port Melbourne player movement thread being probably the most successfull thread of the season  with it reaching 15 + pages.  Due to its popularity I have decided to create one for this season as I expect it to have some interest - especially now that Port Melbourne are the premiers and are keen to defend their title.

 

So far in outs we have - Hugh Sandilands - a valuable and great contributor to the club who played several seasons with the borough - a two time premiership winner and was always there in crucial games. Very versatile as he could play both in the backline and up front. Will always be remembed as a great club man who served the club well with his years of service and will be sorely missed and a hard one to replace.

 

Brodie Murdoch - one season at the Borough - had a good season overall but probably fair to say he was let down by a performance or two. Will like to see him replaced by another big body in order for the team to maintain its size and not have the problems it had a couple of years ago when they couldn't match it size wise with some of the teams. No matter what they say - size does matter !

 

The big out - Chris Cain - Chris was on the verge or retiring and weighing up his footballing future at the end of each of the past few seasons but season 2017 sees him finally pull the pin after a successfull season, retiring on a high. Will always be remembered as the one that should have been given a shot at AFL. A great club man serving the club through several seasons and 2 premierships,  being very consistant and having a cool head under pressure and a club life member. Will be extremely hard to replace at this level and will go down as a great in this generation of Port Melbourne players. Feel priviledged to have been his player sponsor for a couple of years.

 

Their are other outs of course but as far as I am aware these are the three big ones thus far. Recruiting depatrment down at North Port have a challenge or two to fill these spots and it will be interesting to see who the ins will be.

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Thanks for starting up the thread! I have been deprived of time to post online lately, but I have also been keeping tabs on the recent outs.

Chris Cain and Hugh Sandilands have been stalwarts over many years and will be sadly missed.

I'll post up Paul Amy's article on Cain when I can.

No word o. Any other big name outs.







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From the flash new Port Melbourne website (a welcome change) :

Leigh Osborne, Nathan Batsanis, Charlie Kelso, Shane Valenti, Yarran Jaffer-Williams, Aaron Wilson, Kade Renooy, Sam Pickess, Hugh Sandilands, Brodie Murdoch, Riley Hogan, Mitch Golby, James Harrison, Jesse Johnson, Jesse Smith, Tom Gordon, Michael Tang, Sam Bennett, Sam De Soysa, Chris Cain.







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Mitch Golby played some good games, but lacked consistency. When Tom Gordon first broke into the senior side several years ago I thought he had the potential to be a star, not to be which was a shame.







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I think considering Golbys AFL experience it is fair to say that he under delivered and expectations were certainly higher.

Alot of those player departures on the Port Melbourne site are old news... Some of those outs must have happened 6 months ago now. Hasn't been much news about who has resigned yet, player resign news can't be too far away.

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via Twitter (Paul Amy), there is some talk that Dan Connors might be a return to the Borough in 2018!

Big in if true







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Connors would certainly add some power up forward for the Borough. Such a talent, always enjoyed watching him play. There has been a few whispers that Ryan Pendlebury has been ear marked to replace Murdoch. 

One from left field (may have been a supporter playing chinese whispers) was that Billy Burstin has some interst in returning to the VFL. 

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Billy Burstin... where has he been?

Connors was a match winner in a few games that season.

 

It's been quiet on the Port rumours front, and Digs has had nothing to stir us up with!







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Just wondering how old Connors would be if he did play ? 28 in 2018 ??? With Connors Lisle and Conway you potentially have the best forward line in the league. As for Burstin theirs question marks over how good he could be considering he had a struggling 2013 and unsure if he can make the leap to the big league from wherever he has been playing.... Your right about Digs being quiet but you can rest assured that if / when we sign a experienced ex AFL player he will label them a ex AFL has been dud.

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Another big loss to ad to the list in one of Port Melbournes favourite sons in Sam Dwyer. Sam will be remembered as a great club man who was well liked at the Borough. This coudnt have been a easy decision for Sam as he was one that played for the jumper and his love for the red and blue stripe could not be questioned. When playing at Collingwood he was often seen at Port games following the club, after the 2011 grand final he got a pmfc tatoo on his foot, he also stated in interviews that he was a Port Melbourne boy and after Collingwood there was nowhere else he wanted to play. For your old fashioned commitment and love for the jumper all the Port supporters salute you. All the best to a true Borough.

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Couldn't agree more with your comments Mega about Dwyer. A great club man and is a big loss.

A lot of experience going out of the club, that can't be readily replaced.







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