Soph (footyfanatic) wrote,

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PORT Adelaide is focusing on Essendon's Mark Johnson as a possible replacement for departing premiership hero Josh Carr.

The Power contacted Johnson's management last night as speculation mounted the Bomber would be part of a three-way deal to get Carr to Fremantle.

Under a deal mooted yesterday, the Bombers would receive pick No. 11 and youngster Ryley Dunn from Fremantle in return for Johnson.

But any deal is a long way from done, with Johnson's manager Michael Quinlan surprised by the speculation given the 2002 best-and-fairest winner has one year of a contract to run. "I have had a brief discussion with Port Adelaide -- they have registered their interest," Quinlan said.

Quinlan said he had yet to speak to Johnson, who was flying between the US and London yesterday.

"It is quite strange that this is gaining so much attention for a player who is contracted and has no interest in getting traded and the club has not mooted any so-called trade," Quinlan said.

Johnson is tailor-made to slot into Port's midfield as he can replace some of the hardness lost through Carr's departure and the retirement of Damien Hardwick.

Johnson had a disappointing season, struggling with on-field discipline and failing to finish in the top 10 in the Bombers' best-and-fairest.

At 26, he is two years older than Carr and has played 130 games compared with Carr's 105. Dunn, who turns 19 today, has played just two games but was a top 10 pick in last year's draft.

Essentially, the deal involves Essendon's Mark Johnson going to Port Adelaide, Carr making his way to Freo, Geelong getting pick 11 to help it swing the deal for Richmond's ruckman Brad Ottens and the Dons getting a player from Geelong and Fremantle.

The Dockers would have to give up pick 11 and send Ryley Dunn or Ryan Murphy to Essendon, who would in turn release Johnson and pick 14 to Port, who confirmed their interest in the 2000 premiership defender yesterday. The premier would give up Carr and send pick 11 to Geelong, who would give the pick to Richmond for Ottens and offer a player to Windy Hill. The Dons are asking for Kane Tenace.

Johnson's manager, Michael Quinlan, yesterday met Essendon to clarify his client's position. Quinlan made the point last night that Johnson was contracted for 2005.

They can get the filthy eyes off him. I can't see how Essendon would even think about this trade. Why get Tenace when we couldn've picked him up last year? This has shades of Solly. Kind of.

*buries head in the sand*
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