GEELONG star Tim Kelly has once again declared that he wants to continue his AFL career with West Coast, the prolific midfielder asking the Cats to get a deal done during the upcoming 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.
The 25-year-old has played in all 48 AFL games for the Cats over the past two seasons, averaging 24 possessions and one goal per match, but is keen to take his young family back to his native Western Australia.
Fremantle have vowed to do their best to lure Kelly, but Geelong confirmed the Eagles remain his desired destination.
“Tim Kelly has asked that the club trade him to Western Australia, with his preference being to play with the West Coast Eagles,” a club statement read.
“Tim is out of contract but is not a free agent. The club will explore all options in regard to Tim’s request.”
The Eagles baulked at Geelong’s asking price in 2018, understood to be two first-round draft picks, and it will only have become steeper on the back of Kelly’s heroics this season.
The Cats picked him out of the WAFL as a 23-year-old in the second round (No.24) of the 2017 draft.
© AAP 2019