Port Adelaide is ready to resurrect its bid to use the Magpies as its AFL reserves side in the SANFL next year.

The Power initially said it was unwilling to compromise after its preferred model was knocked back, but it is now ready to return to the negotiating table.

Port's CEO Keith Thomas is talking to other club chief executives about how to ensure they compete on a level playing field.

Ironically, it has been the SA Football Commission's determination to treat Port and the Crows equally that appears to have scuppered the Power's initial bid for a reserves team.

The Commission has insisted the clubs adopt the same stand-alone model for their reserves, but Thomas says he is now hopeful of reaching an acceptable compromise with the SANFL directors.

"I think they've got to work through the Crows issue first and then hopefully we'll get a chance to relook at our proposition as well and come up with something that works," he said.

While Thomas insists the Magpies and their junior development structures remain sacrosanct, he thinks there are other ways to appease their SANFL rivals.

"We accept that we probably don't need as big a zone as we've got currently, we're prepared to compromise on that. We don't need as big a salary cap," he said.

He says Port also could put a quota on the number of its AFL players allowed in the Magpies' seniors.

"All of these things are again levers that you could use that may put at ease some of the questions that the SANFL have and we're open to all of that," he said.

The directors have met again to discuss the reserves issue, including a suggestion to let the Crows join the league on a trial basis next season, but their talks have reached no firm decision and there might be a vote in about a fortnight.

Financially-troubled West Adelaide is understood to be one of the clubs willing to support the proposal, although its coach Andrew Collins remains a sceptic.

"I think we've got a really strong competition as it is and perhaps there were other alternatives that the Crows and the Power could have looked at to enhance the competition rather than just stand-alones," he said.

The Bloods went some of the way toward easing their financial woes this week with a winners' cheque of $100,000 for their four-point victory over East Fremantle in the Foxtel Cup final.

 

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