Port Adelaide president David Koch believes the exit of dual All-Australian Chad Wingard is beneficial for both parties, according to the Herald Sun.
Wingard was traded to Hawthorn for Ryan Burton and picks 15 and 35, which would have been diminished if Wingard had left at the end of 2019 as a free agent.
“Chad has said he loved his time at Port Adelaide but is getting too comfortable and needed a refresh,” Koch said.
“At the exit interviews he and Ken had some robust discussions on what Ken wanted to achieve in the next 12 months. Chad thought that it would be tough for him to deliver and maybe he needs to rejuvenate his career somewhere else.
“When you get a result that is good for the player and club I think it works out for everyone.
“There were indications that Chad, who is up for free agency next year, would be looking around for alternatives. Every player will do what’s best for them.”
Koch also believes that Port will be a finals force to be reckoned with in 2019, despite the loss of Wingard as well as Jared Polec to the Kangaroos.
Koch thinks the addition of Scott Lycett as well as its stockpile of picks for this year’s super draft will bolster the Power moving into 2019.
“Our list manager and coaching staff have a plan to get us back into finals and this is part of the plan and getting back into finals,” said Koch.
“It is a pretty flaming good list. Scott Lycett coming from West Coast Eagles will be an important cog for us. Even 12 months ago we said we were targeting this draft period as it was such a strong draft.
“It has all been part of the plan. You have to weigh up a number of things when you put a group together.”
There are a number of talented South Australian prospects in this year’s draft, including powerful forward Jack Lukosius and excitement machines Izak Rankine and Connor Rozee.