Despite Port Adelaide's inclination that it would pursue contracted Richmond ruckman Ivan Soldo, the tall Tiger reportedly doesn't desire a move away from Tigerland this off-season.

While Soldo is set to enter unrestricted free agency at the end of next season, the Power was understood to be interested in luring the mulleted tall to Alberton this year to offer rucking support to likely Western Bulldogs import Jordon Sweet.

Port Adelaide General Manager of Football Chris Davies shared a Thursday morning update via AFL Trade Radio on his club's potential Soldo chase this off-season.

"Ivan is in the situation where he wants to be a first ruck," Davies said. "We have a need in that area.

"If he is in a situation where he wants to leave Richmond, we would be willing to bring him in.

"We are in the market for that type of player."

The aforementioned Sweet requested a trade to the Power, with Davies on Thursday confirming Port Adelaide's desire to bring both ruckmen to the club this year.

"We are keen to bring both (Sweet and Soldo) in if we can," Davies added.

In addition to Sweet, Geelong's Esava Ratugolea and Essendon's Brandon Zerk-Thatcher also requested moves to Alberton at the conclusion of the 2023 season, as Davies commented on the potential impacts they could make in Power colours in 2024.

"We think Esava (Ratugolea) will help us," Davies continued. "There may be a bit more pressure on Geelong this year, with him out of contract.

"Sometimes you have to give overs, sometimes it works out. We will work out how we have done after the trade period.

"We definitely think Brandon (Zerk-Thatcher) has some good footy ahead of him. He won't play on the big hulking key forwards.

"We want him to play on the more mobile forwards in the competition. It will free up Aliir to be more of an interceptor next year."

While Port Adelaide's intrigue in Soldo appeared legitimate, SEN reporter Sam Edmund on Thursday afternoon claimed the Tigers ruckman does not wish to depart Punt Road.

"I think Ivan Soldo stays at Richmond now," Edmund reported via AFL Trade Radio.

"My latest info is he isn't going anywhere."

In other Richmond player movement news, the Tigers are likely to welcome wantaway Hawthorn forward Jacob Koschitzke, who requested a trade away from Waverley.


Richmond and Port Adelaide's bevy of trade dealings will commence on October 9, when this year's exchange space officially opens for business.