Port Adelaide has snapped up Jason Horne-Francis and Junior Rioli as part of a “complex” trade deal between four AFL clubs.
- Horne-Francis spent just one season with the Kangaroos
- He is under contract with the Power until the end of the 2028 season
- Rioli has signed a four-year deal with the Power
GWS will take North Melbourne’s number one draft pick as part of the trade deal.
The Giants traded picks three and 12 to mix up the draft, while the Kangaroos hosted top pick and last year’s number one selection, Horne-Francis.
The Kangaroos have received picks two and three in return, as well as a future first-round pick linked to Port Adelaide.
Small forward Rioli leaves West Coast, who also traded with pick two, and gets picks eight and 12 back.
A number of later draft picks also changed hands in the convoluted deal, which was ticked off by league officials late Monday.
It was initially blocked due to Port Adelaide’s bid to trade future first and second round picks.
But the restructured deal – described by the Power as “complex” – has now seen the club receive future second- and third-round picks to meet AFL draft criteria.
South Australian product Horne-Francis has signed a deal that ties him to Port Adelaide until the end of 2028.
He joins the midfield unit alongside Brownlow medalist Ollie Wines, Zak Butters and Connor Rozee.
“Jason is a very talented player who we know will complement our developing and exciting midfield group,” Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps said.
“He’s competitive and aggressive, and we like his power and explosiveness as well as his ability to go forward and hit the scoreboard.”
Rioli, who starred in West Coast’s 2018 premiership side, has agreed a four-year deal with Port Adelaide.
“Junior certainly has some attributes that will strengthen our forward line, especially given some of the players we’ve lost since the end of the season,” Cripps said.
“He’s had a difficult couple of years but we sense a change of scenery and in the environment we’ve created at Alberton we’ll see him return to the electrifying game of football that we know he’s capable of .”