PORT Adelaide has officially lodged paperwork to secure West Coast premiership ruckman Scott Lycett on a five-year, $3million deal. 

After touring the Alberton facilities and undergoing a medical assessment on Thursday, the restricted free agent has opted to return to his junior club to partner Paddy Ryder in the ruck. 

The Eagles now have until 1pm AEDT Tuesday to decide whether to match the deal, which would force the Power into a trade.

Should the Eagles choose to accept compensation, they are expected to receive an end-of-first-round pick.

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Lycett decided to wait until after the Eagles' best and fairest on Friday night to make his intentions formal, wanting to inform those close to him in person on the night.

The 26-year-old is understood to have knocked back more money from a cashed-up St Kilda to play under Ken Hinkley at the Power.


Lycett led West Coast's ruck division alongside Nathan Vardy as the Eagles tasted premiership success last week.

Attention will now turn to Andrew Gaff's decision, as he weighs up a seven-year deal to move to North Melbourne or to remain an Eagle.