Chaplin becomes a Tiger
Troy Chaplin will follow Danyle Pearce out the door at Port Adelaide. Picture: Getty Images

Troy Chaplin will follow Danyle Pearce out the door at Port Adelaide after the South Australian club decided not to match Richmond’s offer for the restricted free agent.

Power football manager Peter Rohde said the club was unwilling to counter Richmond’s extended contract terms after considering “detailed medical opinion” regarding the 26-year-old defender.

“Troy needed serious knee surgery towards the end of 2012 and while we hope he has many years of football left, we’re not prepared to commit to the extent Richmond is,” Rohde said.

“We would have liked Troy to remain at Alberton, but on terms suitable to the Port Adelaide Football Club as well as the player.

“In fact, we had what we considered a fair contract in front of Troy and his management for a long period this year, but unfortunately they were unwilling to sign.

“Troy has been a valuable player at Port Adelaide throughout his time with us and we sincerely thank him for his efforts with our club and wish him the very best at Richmond and back home in Victoria.”

Chaplin played 140 games for Port Adelaide, including the 2007 grand final loss to Geelong, and is the second player in as many days to leave the club.

He will join unrestricted free agent and former Adelaide player Chris Knights at Richmond.

Tigers football manager Craig Cameron said Chaplin would benefit the club on and off the field.

“We have a young, developing defensive group, and Troy is well-equipped to provide the necessary know-how and experience to assist the likes of Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes, Jake Batchelor and Ben Griffiths,” Cameron said.

In a bad week for Port Adelaide, Pearce was yesterday cleared to sign a deal with Fremantle believed to be worth $1.5million over years.

The Power also missed out on prospective coach Leon Cameron, who joined Greater Western Sydney as an assistant today as part of a succession plan under Kevin Sheedy.

The West Australian

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