MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Orazio Fantasia of the Bombers in action during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Orazio Fantasia could once again request a trade back home to South Australia, according to Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes.

In 2019 Fantasia looked likely to move to Port Adelaide before deciding at the last hour to stay at the Bombers.

Cornes believes that this time around Port Adelaide will not pursue Fantasia even if he does request a trade home, with the Crows a likely suitor.

“It was more than rumours, he was well on the way to being a Port Adelaide player last year, a South Australian who wanted to come home,” he told SEN SA Breakfast.

“The story broke from our good friend Marc McGowan at AFL Media halfway through last year that he wanted to return home, Fantasia denied it but in the end that story was bang on.

“For whatever reason, the deal broke down. Port Adelaide wanted him and they were well on the way to getting this trade done and then they were surprised at the backflip Orazio did prior to the trade deadline to stay at the Bombers.

“He still wants to come home to South Australia.

“Orazio Fantasia has committed to leaving and he wants to return home to South Australia should a deal get done.

“It won’t be at Port Adelaide. Fantasia will not be playing at Port Adelaide and Adelaide is very interested in getting Orazio Fantasia to the Adelaide Football Club.

“The reason he won’t be at Port Adelaide … once bitten twice shy.

“They were a little bit perplexed as to why he didn’t end up coming to Port Adelaide and they’re not going to pursue that anymore.”

Fantasia has played five games so far in 2020 in a more defensive role compared to previous years.