Campbell may join Power

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 16 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

North Melbourne speedster Matt Campbell is looking for a new home and could find it at Port Adelaide. Picture: Stuart Walmsley. Source: Herald Sun

NORTH Melbourne goalsneak Matt Campbell could be a part of Port Adelaide's compensation for promising defender Ben Jacobs.

With North hopeful of luring Jacobs to Arden Street, Campbell looms as a likely candidate to return to South Australia after he was yesterday put on the trade table by the Kangaroos.

"Matty is looking for a new home," North Melbourne football manager Donald McDonald confirmed.

"Both Matt and the club have agreed this is the best path forward.

"Like the other players, we will have to wait until the trade period is over before we confirm anything."

After delisting David Rodan and Simon Phillips last week, Port is left with just one - injury-prone Cameron Hitchcock - genuine small forward on its senior list.

Knee-victim Robbie Gray and No.6 draft pick Chad Wingard are other options but both are likely to spend more time in the midfield under new coach Ken Hinkley next season.

Campbell, who has played 82 AFL matches since being rookie-listed in 2006, would not only add valuable goalscoring ability for the Power but also great leg speed.

The former North Adelaide forward is extremely quick and has been used by Roos coach Brad Scott as an explosive substitute off the interchange bench.

This need becomes more pressing for Port after losing the pace of Phillips, Rodan and free-agent Danyle Pearce, who will play for Fremantle next season.

While Campbell has battled hamstring issues at various stages throughout his career, at 25, the pint-sized forward - 170cm and 72kg - should have plenty of football left in him.

As Campbell presented himself as an option yesterday, former Port Magpie Levi Greenwood was officially ruled out by the Kangaroos.

Despite speculation Greenwood - originally from Whyalla - is homesick, McDonald declared the 23-year-old was a required player at North.

"Very much," McDonald told the AFL website when asked if Greenwood was still wanted by coach Brad Scott.

"He's the first to admit he had a disappointing season and will do everything to improve."

Another potential Port target, Hawthorn defender Stephen Gilham, could follow his Hawks team-mate Tom Murphy to the Gold Coast.

Seen as a likely replacement for Troy Chaplin - who has joined Richmond as a restricted free-agent - Gilham is seeking more opportunity now Western Bulldogs backman Brian Lake has joined the Hawks.

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