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Power frustrated as Burgoyne deal denied

By Sam Lienert 07/10/2009 08:08:58 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide admit they have been left frustrated and uncertain after another thwarted attempt to trade gun AFL midfielder Shaun Burgoyne to Hawthorn.

The Power had been given the go-ahead by Hawks officials to meet with Hawthorn's Campbell Brown on Wednesday, with a view to the defender being packaged along with the No.9 draft pick in exchange for Burgoyne.

But outspoken Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett went on Melbourne's SEN radio to stridently deny the backman had ever been offered up for trade.

Power football manager Peter Rohde said, while Brown had expressed reluctance towards their initial approaches, it was Kennett's intervention that scuttled any chance of clinching the deal.

"We're not sure where it goes from here," Rohde said.

"We thought Campbell Brown was on the table but Jeff Kennett's come out and said otherwise."

The club's previous requests for other Hawthorn players Jordan Lewis, Grant Birchall or Ryan Schoenmakers to be traded along with the No.9 pick have also been knocked back by the Hawks.

Rohde said the Power were left uncertain about what more they could do to work out a trade.

"Obviously the goalposts have moved, so we're not sure what to do about it," he said.

"I'm sure we'll be talking again, but it's fair to say we're a little bit frustrated."

Rohde also took issue with Kennett's comment that "Hawthorn has not offered up any premiership player and nor will we", given Hawks premiership forward Mark Williams' name has been floated around.

Hawthorn player personnel manager Chris Pelchen remained "quietly confident" a deal could be worked out to recruit Burgoyne.

He declined to comment on Kennett's statement that no premiership players would be offered up.

The Power have other clubs waiting in the wings who they believe can satisfy their trade requirements, but that would need Burgoyne, who has stated his desire to join the Hawks, to agree to switch destinations.

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