Krakouer contract talks in spotlight
Krakouer contract talks in spotlight

West Coast and Fremantle officials are likely to closely monitor the contractual dealings of Port Adelaide defender Nathan Krakouer as he delays signing a new contract with the Power.

Port coach Mark Williams yesterday aired concerns the WA youngster could be eyeing off a move interstate, with new AFL franchise Gold Coast also waiting in the wings.

"Nathan is a good player, so I'd imagine the Gold Coast should be talking to him," Williams said.

"We're very hopeful of keeping him here, but who knows … it's starting to smell a bit."

_The West Australian _understands a two-year deal has been presented to Krakouer's manager Carlos Da Costa, who declined to comment when asked about the issue yesterday.

Da Costa is expected to have dealings with Port Adelaide football operations manager Peter Rohde next month about Krakouer, whose current deal expires in October.

Krakouer, 22, has played 38 games for Port. He was recruited from Claremont at pick No.39 in the 2006 national draft and was linked to a return to Perth at the end of the 2008 season before agreeing to a two-year extension.

Homesickness was cited at the time as a reason behind Krakouer's desire to return to WA.

The skilful ball user is coming off his best season in 2009, having played 19 matches to finish second at the club in rebound 50s for the year.

He has been sidelined for the past two matches with a groin injury and will not play against Richmond at AAMI Stadium this afternoon.

Other clubs have also expressed interest in Port midfielder Travis Boak, but Williams remains more confident of re-signing the 21-year-old. The coach indicated he expected negotiations with Boak would get settled during the mid-season break late next month.

  • AFL LADDER *
    P W L D For Agst PC Pts
    Geelong 9 7 2 - 1098 714 153.8 28
    Collingwood 9 7 2 - 994 737 134.9 28
    Fremantle 9 7 2 - 982 799 122.9 28
    Bulldogs 10 6 4 - 947 768 123.3 24
    St Kilda 9 6 3 - 749 639 117.2 24
    Carlton 9 5 4 - 899 814 110.4 20
    Sydney 9 5 4 - 824 764 107.8 20
    Essendon 10 5 5 - 925 972 95.2 20
    Port Adelaide 9 5 4 - 792 888 89.2 20
    Melbourne 9 4 5 - 740 734 100.8 16
    Brisbane 9 4 5 - 825 901 91.6 16
    North Melb 9 4 5 - 715 937 76.3 16
    Hawthorn 9 3 6 - 777 820 94.8 12
    West Coast 9 3 6 - 729 854 85.4 12
    Adelaide 9 2 7 - 651 833 78.2 8
    Richmond 9 - 9 - 607 1080 56.2 -

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