ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Jordon Sweet of the Bulldogs competes with Peter Ladhams of the Power during the 2021 AFL Round 09 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval on May 15, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Hawthorn are the latest club showing interest in Port Adelaide ruckman Peter Ladhams this trade period.

The 23-year-old remains contracted to Alberton Oval until the end of the 2022 season, however an exit meeting with the Power is believed to have seen the club suggest the ruck-forward looks for a new home.

Ladhams is understood to have gained interest from the Swans, Cats and Bulldogs since being granted permission to assess his options, with almost half the league looking to bolster their ruck stocks in the off-season.

The Power already boasts the services of key-forward targets Charlie Dixon, Mitch Georgiades and Todd Marshall in attack, while Scott Lycett holds the first-string ruck duties under Ken Hinkley.

Youngster Sam Hayes looks to be seen as the successor to Lycett in the coming years, placing Ladhams' services one the outer at Port Adelaide.

Reporting on 7 News, journalist Mitch Cleary revealed the Hawks are the newest front-runners for the Power tall.

"Port Adelaide ruckman Peter Ladhams has one year left on his deal at the Power but has been told to assess the market, with Hawthorn to sound out the 23-year-old in the coming days," Cleary reported.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies and Peter Ladhams of the Power compete for the ball during the 2021 AFL Round 10 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Port Adelaide Power at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 23, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

"They join Sydney as his leading suitors."

Hawthorn are understood to have placed their own ruckman Jonathon Ceglar in a similar situation, with the 30-year-old notified he can find a new club despite being contracted for next year.

Geelong are understood to be an early suitor for the veteran Hawk, with the Cats also likely to lose tall duo Nathan Kreuger and Darcy Fort to the Magpies and Lions respectively.

"Ladhams' interest from the Hawks is going to have implications on contracted veteran Jonathon Ceglar, who has been told to look elsewhere," Cleary added.

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Jonathon Ceglar of the Hawks kicks the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Carlton Blues at Aurora Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

"With Geelong registering its early interest as it braces to lose ruckman Darcy Fort to Brisbane."

Ladhams has played 32 games for the Power since making his debut in 2019, booting 21 goals and averaging 13.31 hit-outs per game.