Port Adelaide is reportedly against the idea of parting with first-round picks in exchange for wantaway pair Esava Ratugolea and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher.

Ratugolea, having elected the Alberton club as his destination of choice this off-season after requesting a trade away from Kardinia Park, is expected to make his way to South Australia this October.

The same is expected for Zerk-Thatcher, who is planning a Tullamarine departure this year.

Before the pair of key-position defenders can don Power colours, though, Port Adelaide needs to come to respective agreements with Geelong and Essendon on exchange prices.

While the Power doesn't currently hold a 2023 first-round pick, it possesses the ability to deal away future capital, specifically, its 2024 first-rounder.


However, according to SEN reporter Tom Morris, Port Adelaide's list committee isn't keen on offloading high-end capital in swaps for Ratugolea and Zerk-Thatcher.

"The club's position right now is that neither Esava Ratugolea nor Brandon Zerk-Thatcher are worthy of first-round picks," Morris said on Monday morning.

"I don't think that's a surprise for Zerk-Thatcher, but Ratugolea is an interesting one to negotiate."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Esava Ratugolea of the Cats and Marlion Pickett of the Tigers in action during the 2021 AFL Round 08 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 07, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Port Adelaide currently holds four selections for November's National draft: 37, 43, 72, and 90. The Power surrendered its first-round pick last off-season in its blockbuster acquisition of Jason Horne-Francis.

In addition to facilitating likely deals for Ratugolea and Zerk-Thatcher, Port Adelaide will also attempt to strike a trade with the Western Bulldogs for little-used ruckman Jordon Sweet.

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)

Sweet, who hails from South Australia, has been starved of senior opportunities in the shadow of All-Australian ruckman Tim English, leading to the 25-year-old's decision last week to officially submit a departure request.

Sweet, Ratugolea, and Zerk-Thatcher will hope to be Port Adelaide players when this year's exchange window opens for business on October 9.