Port top-up push

Updated: February 2, 2016
AFL News

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THE final says on whether Port Adelaide, St Kilda and Western Bulldogs will be allowed their top-up players in the wake of the ‘Essendon 34’ suspension by the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be left in the hands of the AFL’s general counsel.

The Power, Saints and Bulldogs have until the end of today to make submissions to Andrew Dillon to state their case for replacements for Paddy Ryder, Angus Monfries (Port Adelaide), Jake Carlisle (St Kilda) and Stewart Crameri (Western Bulldogs).

Originally, all three clubs were told they could only replace those suspended with rookies.

“I sympathise with everyone involved in this extraordinary saga. It’s been going for too long,” McLachlan said while launching the NAB Challenge in Adelaide.

“I think you can make a strong argument from both sides. (Dillon) is closely looking at it.”

Power captain Travis Boak says being left two players short on its list would be unfair.

“I think it’s only fair if we’re at a level playing field in terms of numbers on our list,” Boak said

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