The West Coast Eagles are considering matching Port Adelaide’s offer for premiership ruckman Scott Lycett, according to afl.com.au.
With Nic Naitanui likely to be sidelined for a considerable part of 2019, the Eagles are in desperate need for a ruckman and Lycett has proven he has what it takes.
“Obviously we need a ruckman, so it’s certainly something we need to consider,” football manager Craig Vozzo told the media during the first day of the trade period.
The Power have extended the restricted free agent a five year deal worth roughly $600,000 a season, meaning West Coast has until Tuesday afternoon to decide whether they want to match the offer.
If they do, Vozzo is confident Lycett will stay in the west.
“I think he’s been obviously really happy at our club for eight years and having just experienced a Grand Final is in a really good space,” Vozzo said.
“I don’t think it would be the end of the world for him.”
The Eagles have insisted they have salary cap space for Lycett, despite recently re-signing Andrew Gaff on a six-year deal understood to be worth around $5.5 million.
If they don’t match the offer for Lycett, they will likely be offered a late first-round pick as compensation, which they may then use to secure Tim Kelly from Geelong.
West Coast are also investigating St Kilda big man Tom Hickey and Bulldogs free agent Jordan Roughead as potential replacement ruckman.
“We’ve had a discussion with Tom and his management and a couple of other options as well,” Vozzo said.
“We’ll keep planning in that space and then make that decision, together with the Scott Lycett position.”