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Port coach talks Burgoyne trade numbers

18/09/2009 08:25:55 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn will have to offer far better than their first round draft pick if they wish to complete a trade with Port Adelaide for Shaun Burgoyne, according to Power coach Mark Williams.

The Hawks have firmed as favourites to claim classy centreman Burgoyne after he quit the Alberton club earlier this week, and Hawks list manager Chris Pelchen has indicated that all his club's first three national draft choices could be on the trade table.

But Williams said he was adamant that Port would gain quality commensurate with Burgoyne's high value.

He also indicated he had told Burgoyne he would have to be tough in trade negotiations.

"I've already told Shaun that even though we're very good friends and have had some great experiences together, sometime in the near future he's going to feel like I'm being pretty tough on both him and the club he wants to go to," Williams wrote for the AFL website.

"But it has to be that way. I have to look after this club first.

"He's trying to improve his position and get to where he wants to be, so we have to have our own interests in mind.

"We're still mindful of what we can get for the trade and hopefully the outcome of that is positive for the club.

"There's talk that Hawthorn is willing to offer pick No.9 to get Shaun.

"But history will show that Chris Judd cost Carlton pick No.3 as well as Josh Kennedy (Kennedy went to West Coast, along with draft picks three and 20 in exchange for Judd and pick 46), so I wouldn't think that pick No.9 would be a good match.

"I'm not interested in a blue-sky pick."

Shaun Burgoyne is a brilliant player and the team that gets him will be very, very lucky."

Williams knows Burgoyne better than most, and said there was no chance of the 2006 All-Australian player rescinding his decision to leave.

"Shaun Burgoyne is a very determined person," he said.

"He's very single-minded and that's why I'm of the opinion he's not coming back to Port Adelaide.

"Once Shaun's mind is set on something that's usually what he does.

"He'll see what he thinks is right and do it regardless of other people's opinions.

"That's just the sort of person he is, so I'm thinking we'll need to sort out a trade."

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