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Sport Cats ponder AFL options after losing Kelly

21:00  09 october  2019
21:00  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 09: Tim Kelly of the Eagles takes questions during the West Coast Media Opportunity at Mineral Resources Park on October 09, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images) © Getty Images PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 09: Tim Kelly of the Eagles takes questions during the West Coast Media Opportunity at Mineral Resources Park on October 09, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images) Hailed as a recruiting "genius", Geelong list manager Stephen Wells faces some big decisions after the club snared a bounty of AFL draft picks in exchange for Tim Kelly.

The Cats hold five selections inside the top 40 - their best hand in decades - after forcing West Coast to pay a hefty price for the star midfielder.

In exchange for Kelly, the Eagles gave up picks 14, 24 and 37 in this year's draft, as well as their 2020 first-round selection.

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Geelong can take solace from having extracted maximum value in reluctantly acquiescing to Kelly's long-anticipated trade request.

The next step is deciding how best to use their spoils.

Not since 2001, when they picked up the likes of Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and Steve Johnson, have the Cats been so well-placed in the draft.

But unlike that year's "super-draft", this year's pool is considered relatively shallow.

St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven is keen to join the Cats but the clubs have so far been unable to agree upon a suitable deal.

Another option would be to package selections together in the hopes of trading up in the draft order.

"We will work through all of that," Wells said.

"We are as happy as we can be under the circumstances.

The excruciating and needless wait for the Tim Kelly trade

  The excruciating and needless wait for the Tim Kelly trade The impending departure of Tim Kelly from Geelong dominated the first official day of AFL Trade Period, as it will over the course of the next nine days of this most excruciating period on the football calendar. Every year at this time, a big name or two in the game will want to shift clubs.Sometimes the deals don't get done, sometimes they go down to the wire, as they have to in order to appease all clubs involved (the Jesse Hogan trade to Fremantle a case in point).

"We are losing an outstanding player but receiving these draft picks does give us an opportunity to look at our list in a different way over the next couple of years."

Having won the flag in 2018, the addition of homegrown star Kelly on a lucrative six-year deal means West Coast's premiership window remains firmly open.

But they could have snared the mature-aged sensation much earlier if not for some savvy recruiting by the Cats.

Back in 2017, West Coast used their top two draft picks on tall forwards Jarrod Brander and Oscar Allen and had intended to take Kelly with their next selection before Geelong swooped on the South Fremantle product.

"Wellsy's a genius," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.

"He's an absolute gun recruiter and he got in just before we did.

"Good luck to them - they've done very well."

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