AFL trades: Cat gone, Giant deal to make
Geelong teammates are now resigned to losing Tim Kelly, who's set to announce his intentions any day now.
Plus Jeremy Cameron set to open Giant contract talks and Tiger Dan Butler opens up on his uncertain footy future.
KELLY SET TO MAKE CALL WITHIN DAYS
Geelong is consigned to losing star midfielder Tim Kelly, who's set to declare his footy home preference over the coming days.
Kelly is set to inform the Cats this week that he wants a trade to West Coast where his young family will have a strong support network in his native Western Australia.
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After earning All Australian honours in his second year at the Cattery, coach Chris Scott has made it clear his club will demand a high price for the uncontracted midfielder, with any protracted negotiations likely to hold up other trades.
Geelong teammate Mitch Duncan said Kelly "definitely hasn't come out and said anything to the players yet" around his future, but admitted the "writing is on the wall".
"If you looked at most people that leave it this long, the facts are kind of there that they usually do try to ask for a trade home," Duncan told TAB Radio.
"The writing is on the wall a little bit seeing as he has not signed a contract yet and we are just about to go into trade period."
Duncan said Kelly had given the Cats two high-standard seasons of service.
"If he did depart, I couldn't thank him enough, but hopefully he doesn't and he can stick around and be a part of our next premiership," Duncan said.
Despite expectations a decision is imminent, Kelly's manager Anthony Van Der Wielen said his client still hadn't made a definitive call.
"As I have said for the last 18 months and particularly the past week or so, I am hopeful we will do something in the next week or two," Van Der Wielen told 6PR on Saturday.
"Tim has some decisions to make. I have spent a fair bit of time with the family while I have been over here and I will continue to do that over the next couple of days, as I am with the Geelong Football Club."
GIANT CONTRACT TALKS TO RAMP UP
Coleman medallist Jeremy Cameron is set to begin negotiations over a new contract with the Giants in the coming weeks, reports the Herald Sun.
Cameron's stunning 2019 campaign finished on a horror low on Saturday when his Giants copped an 89-point Grand Final thrashing at the hands of Richmond at the MCG.
Out of contract at the end of 2020, Cameron has been linked with Hawthorn and Essendon recently, while there was a report earlier this year that linked him with Geelong.
But during the club's outstanding finals campaign, Cameron hinted he was keen to see out the 2019 season then focus on his footy future.
"That's something I'll talk to the club about as soon as we're done and go from there. At the moment I'm just looking forward to another prelim," Cameron told The Daily Telegraph.
"Everyone is human and you always think about those sorts of things. But the club has been awesome to me. They've given me opportunities to play footy.
"I was really clear with them this year. I just wanted to play some really good footy and play a season where I don't miss a chunk of five weeks because of suspension or six weeks because of hamstrings.
"I wanted to play a full year and it's been awesome, because they gave me that opportunity (to focus on footy not contracts) and I've played my most games this year which is exactly what I wanted."
FRINGE TIGER LEFT IN LIMBO
Dan Butler missed out on a second Richmond premiership medallion - and he could miss out on another Richmond contract, with the small admitting his AFL future is "out of his hands".
Butler watched from the grandstand on Saturday as his Tigers thumped the Giants to claim their second premiership in three seasons.
The 23-year-old was part of the 2017 flag but fell out of favour at the selection table this season, playing just seven games.
Butler earlier this month met with Carlton, which has made clear its desire to land a small forward. The Blues are also eyeing the likes of Tom Papley, Jack Martin, Eddie Betts and Sam Gray.
Speaking after the Tigers' Grand Final triumph, Butler said he headed to his off-season footy trip not knowing what the future holds for him, but with a desire to remain at Punt Road.
"I'm obviously out of contract, so hopefully I can find out in the next couple of weeks what I'm doing," Butler told the Herald Sun.
"I'm not 100 per cent sure yet. I've got a few big decisions to make - but I love this club, and I'd love to stay here.
"I'd love to stay, but it's probably a bit out of my hands at the moment."