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Motlop not gone at Power, says AFL coach

Steve Larkin 24/06/2011 04:21:07 PM Comments (0)

Erratic forward Daniel Motlop still has a future at Port Adelaide despite again being dumped by the AFL club, coach Matthew Primus says.

Motlop's turbulent times under Primus continued when discarded for Port's home match on Sunday against North Melbourne.

The 29-year-old was last year offered for trade by Port but was unwanted by other clubs.

Motlop's year began in controversy when overlooked for Port's season opener for a disciplinary breach.

And in April, he was fined in the Adelaide Magistrates Court for offensive language, a charge resulting from a hotel clash with the girlfriend of teammate Jacob Surjan.

Primus said on Friday that inconsistent form in the past month had cost Motlop his spot for Sunday's match.

"His form hasn't been great since he has been in the team. He has had a few pretty good games but his last month, he hasn't been having a good enough impact up forward," Primus said.

"He has gone back (to defence) and done some bits and pieces, but we are just looking for something a little bit different."

Primus was adamant Motlop hadn't played his last game for the Power, languishing in 16th spot with just two wins.

"We haven't ruled out anyone (for next year). Selection now is still based on form and the balance of our team," Primus said.

The Power coach denies he has decided the futures of any players, including stalwarts Chad Cornes and Brett Ebert who have found themselves on the outer this season.

"We had a mid-season review a couple of weeks ago and no-one's cards were stamped at all," Primus said.

"Everyone is well aware of what they have to achieve in the next 11 weeks and what we're looking at and what we are going to judge them (on).

"And as the year draws closer to end, we'll make some plans then."

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