Hamish Hartlett of the Power is tackled by Ben Brown of the Kangaroos during the round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Four clubs showing interest in Hamish Hartlett, but manager insists he is staying put

Port Adelaide midfielder and vice-captain Hamish Hartlett is in Melbourne this week meeting at least three clubs as he considers a move away from Alberton.

Hartlett has reportedly met with St Kilda, Essendon and Richmond, while the Gold Coast Suns have also previously been linked to the 26-year-old.

The Bombers’ interest has been well documented, while Channel Seven reported on Wednesday evening that the Tigers are considering offering a future first round draft pick for Hartlett to help bolster their midfield, which will also feature former Gold Coast star Dion Prestia in 2017.

Hartlett is contracted until 2021 after he signed a five-year contract extension in 2015, however, the Power may try to move him on to free up salary cap space to help regenerate the list after a disappointing 2016 season.

But any such move would be against Hartlett’s will, according to his manager.

The former No.4 draft pick told the Adelaide Advertiser that Hartlett’s desire is to stay at the Power, despite speculation throughout the season that he could seek a fresh start at a new club.

“Hamish has had time to think about it, there has been another conversation with the coach and the leadership group and he has decided to stay at Port Adelaide,” Hartlett’s manager, Michael Doughty said.

“So a trade is now unlikely.”

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