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Sport Tears of joy as Tim Kelly joins AFL Eagles

14:35  09 october  2019
14:35  09 october  2019 Source:

Cats star Kelly requests trade to Eagles

  Cats star Kelly requests trade to Eagles Geelong star Tim Kelly has told the Cats he wants to be dealt to West Coast during this year's AFL trade period.Kelly, who's trade request at the end of last season was denied by Geelong, finished fifth in this year's Brownlow Medal count following a stellar campaign that saw him earn All-Australian honours.

Music video by Phil Wickham performing Tears of Joy . (C) 2013 Phil Wickham.

Eagles big man Nic Naitanui has warmly welcomed the news of star midfielder Tim Kelly joining West Coast, while also issuing a joking warning to his new teammate. With Naitanui’s number nine locker being just two doors down from Kelly , who dons number 11, the flying Fijian says the space is vacant

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AFL star Tim Kelly says his partner Caitlin cried tears of joy after his trade to West Coast finally went through - 12 months after it fell flat the first time.

Kelly established himself as one of the league's best midfielders during his two-year stint with Geelong, and formed a strong bond with the Cats' player group.

But with two of his three young sons diagnosed with autism, Kelly and his partner have been desperate to move back to Perth to be closer to family.

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Kelly first requested a trade to West Coast last year - but the clubs couldn't come to an agreement.

The deal was able to go through this time around after the Eagles agreed to give up picks 14, 24 and 37 - as well as next year's first round pick.

The clubs also exchanged a series of later current and future picks as part of the deal.

Kelly was thankful the trade went through, and said West Coast's strong family culture was a key decision in him picking the Eagles over Fremantle.

"(Caitlin cried) tears of joy. Like a weight has been taken off her shoulders," Kelly said in his first press conference as an Eagle on Wednesday.

"That was the feeling amongst the family - thrilled, rapt. She can't wait to get all the boys their West Coast gear and get them all in blue and gold."

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Tim Kelly is gone.Source:Getty Images. West Coast and Geelong have reached an agreement that will see star Tim Kelly traded to the Eagles . AFL reports West Coast has agreed to handover two first round picks and a second round pick in a deal that could be completed as early as Wednesday.

Geelong sends Tim Kelly to the West Coast Eagles , granting the West Australian midfielder's wish to go back to his home state, in exchange for four draft picks over two years.

Kelly will be forever indebted to Geelong after they provided him with the path to the AFL as a mature-age player.

But the 25-year-old said his family situation meant he simply needed to move back to Perth

"Myself and Caitlin are pretty open with the issues that we have with our sons," Kelly said.

"For my oldest boy, as soon as we got to Geelong he was basically diagnosed with (autism) and he's non-verbal, so there's weekly speech therapy sessions, weekly occupational therapy sessions with him.

"Earlier this year, we discovered that one of our twin boys is also going to be going down the same path where he's going to need the exact same treatment.

"The good thing is we got onto it early, but as you can imagine having to manage all of that on the other side of the country where you don't have any family support (is challenging)."

Kelly said he had left the Cats on good terms.

"I got off the phone to Joel Selwood this morning just before the deal got officially done, and we just wished each other all the best," Kelly said.

"We're going to miss playing with each other and look forward to the battles."

Kelly's arrival means West Coast now boasts arguably the best midfield in the AFL.

Ruckman Nic Naitanui will feed a blue-chip midfield featuring the likes of Kelly, Elliot Yeo, Luke Shuey, and Andrew Gaff.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said it was worth the loss of a swag of draft picks to snare Kelly, but was quick to add it didn't guarantee them success.

The AFL trade period's big winners and losers, according to the data .
At the end of an AFL trade period more notable for its lack of movement, it can be hard to get a read on the results, but using the numbers, we can see how each club really fared at the trade table.Much like the real season, the silly season was dominated by stars making moves (Tim Kelly) and being forced to stay home (Joe Daniher).

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