Out-of-contract Port Adelaide midfielder Jared Polec appears set to play his last game for the club this Friday night when the Power host Essendon at Adelaide Oval.
The 25-year old reportedly has his sights on a lucrative long-term deal with North Melbourne, vastly trumping Port Adelaide’s offer.
“We understand he is yet to officially tell his teammates he is on the move, North Melbourne is understood to be very confident that they have their man,” Adelaide journalist Jack Berketa told Nine News.
“The Kangaroos reportedly offered Polec $700,000 a season for five years, while Port Adelaide was only willing to offer $500,000 a season for thee years.
“That $2 million difference is enough to convince Polec to move to Melbourne where he would be with his fiance’s family.
“But Port Adelaide has been reluctant to offer Polec anything more given the fact that he hasn’t been durable over his time here.
“He’s missed large chunks again with consistent foot injuries and has barely trained with his time here.
“And we know in the past Port Adelaide has been stretched by offering big five-year deals to players, most notably to players like Matthew Lobbe and Hamish Hartlett.
“While there is still a long way to go in this and a fair amount to play out, Port Adelaide is said to be asking for North Melbourne’s first-round draft pick in exchange for Jared Polec.
“It’s understood that Polec will be playing his last game for Port Adelaide this Friday night against Essendon.
“And barring something strange going on, he will be ending up in the blue and white stripes next year.”
It comes after senior reporter Damian Barrett told Triple M that the Kangaroos were “well placed” to acquire Polec and Eagles star Andrew Gaff.
Polec crossed from Brisbane to Alberton Oval at the end of 2013 and has played 103 AFL games.