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Star recruit excited by All-Australian ruckman

Mike Cranmer  October 16, 2017 12:05 PM

AFL 2017 Round 21 - Brisbane v Gold Coast

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Tom Rockliff of the Lions in action during the 2017 AFL round 21 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns at the Gabba on August 12, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

TOM ROCKLIFF is adamant his best football is still ahead of him, as the Brisbane veteran prepares to make the move Adelaide to join the Power in 2018.

Rockliff nominated Alberton as his destination of choice despite significant interest from within Victoria, and the 27-year-old says he’s excited to be part of a midfield that boasts the All-Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the guys [at Port Adelaide]” Rockliff told FiveAA on Wednesday afternoon.

“Paddy [Ryder] is a fantastic ruckman – to perform the way he did this season after having 12 months off…I’m really excited [to play with him].

“I think next year he could probably go to another level, and there is so much good midfield depth at Port Adelaide.”

Paddy Ryder reciprocated the excitement of Rockliff joining the club in his Best and Fairest acceptance speech on October 6.

Ex-Lion Rockliff kicked 16 goals in his ninth season of football – the second-most of his AFL career – and he believes Port Adelaide’s midfield depth will afford the side some freedom in forward-line rotation.

“I think we can be very dangerous around stoppages but also forward,” he said.

“All of us have that ability to hit the scoreboard as a forward but also have an impact around the stoppage.

“As you know, you need numerous players to go through the midfield these days and hopefully I can add some more depth to that.”

Rockliff will join his new teammates at the end of November when the Power begin their pre-season campaign.

The free agent joins the club alongside veteran Cat Steven Motlop, who signed up with Port Adelaide on Friday afternoon.

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