Cats speedster Motlop chooses Power

14 October 2017 04:13:18 EST

Steven Motlop has agreed a four-year deal to join Port Adelaide from Geelong.

The speedster had his choice of three possible new clubs, with Adelaide and Gold Coast both strongly interested in him.

But after the Power lodged their official offer on Friday, it was confirmed that they were Motlop's preferred new home.

He's understood to have agreed to a deal worth about $500,000 a season taking him through to the end of the 2021 season.

Geelong still have the chance to keep the 26-year-old, as he is a restricted free agent.

But they're unlikely to do so, meaning Motlop will join the club where his brother Daniel played (83 games from 2006-11) and his cousin Marlon was also listed.

The Power had made the early running for Motlop this year but their bid then came under serious threat when the Suns and the Crows made late plays.

Adelaide reportedly offered him about $600,000 a season, but Motlop was prepared to take less money to move to Ken Hinkley's side.

His departure will free up salary cap space that will allow the Cats to pursue Gary Ablett and other trade targets.

They will also receive a free agency compensation pick that is likely to fall in the second round, at No.35 overall.

Motlop had a disappointing 2016 campaign and was put up for trade this time last year, but garnered little interest.

However, he was back in form last season and his stock rose to the point where four teams came in for him, including West Coast.

Motlop, who made his debut in 2010 with the Cats, played 135 games and kicked 175 goals for the club.

He finished second in Geelong's 2015 best and fairest award and was an All Australian nominee after kicking a career-high 44 goals in 2013.

Geelong are 9/1 to win the 2018 Grand Final. The Cats are 4/7 to finish in the top eight.

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