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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Radical $800k deal but Kelly's still 'gone'


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AFL legend Tony Shaw says Geelong star Tim Kelly will leave at the end of the season regardless of how flexible the Cats are prepared to be with a new contract or whether or not they win the premiership this year.

Kelly is one of the hottest properties in the game after following up an outstanding first year at senior level with a 2019 that has him leading the Coaches' Association Player of the Year award and has him among the favourites to win the Brownlow Medal.

The Cats are desperate to keep the gun midfielder, who has strong family ties to Western Australia, so much so that they are reportedly willing to formulate a radical contract that facilitates both long-term security and the ability to trigger a trade at the end of each season.

Tim Kelly (left) is a key member of a star-studded Geelong midfield.

A whopping five-year offer in the ball-park of $800,000-a-year that Kelly could walk away from on short notice is reportedly a consideration for the Cats.

That kind of deal would align with the thinking of Kelly's manager, Anthony van der Wielen, who told the Herald Sun he has urged the Cats to "get creative".

“How can we get creative and what would it mean for a commitment. It is really just talking very openly and honestly about what are our options,” van der Wielen said.

Alternatively, as The Age has reported, a shorter deal with player options for one-year extensions has been tabled, with Cats list manager Stephen Wells revealing the club's thinking.

“What we’ve offered is significant and we’re hoping it’s enough to stay,” Wells told The Age.

“Everyone’s got their own circumstances, but we’d be silly not to be creative in our thinking in order to keep a good player like Tim Kelly.”

Still, all that creativity will come to nought if Shaw is on the money.

"If they win the premiership, I think Kelly is gone and he'll go back to Perth," Shaw told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"As soon as they (win a premiership), he'd probably think he doesn't owe them anything anymore. And they're probably thinking, 'look we'd love to keep him but this comes up every year and we don't want it to keep going'.

"If it wasn't the case (they don't win the premiership), I reckon he's still probably gone.

"It looks like his partner and kids, look they might be having fun down there, but I don't think they like the cold. Down in Geelong in the middle of winter let me tell you it's not sunny like Queensland or Western Australia.

"I think it'll happen, he will get traded, but if they were to win a premiership, it'll be a beautiful parting of the ways, if they weren't it'd be harder for Geelong to keep him.

"And gee boys, he can play."

Both the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle are eager to sign Kelly and it is likely to become a two-horse race between them to do a deal should the 24-year-old decide to leave Geelong.

AFL legend Tony Shaw says Geelong star Tim Kelly will leave at the end of the season regardless of how flexible the Cats are prepared to be with a new contract or whether or not they win the premiership this year.

Kelly is one of the hottest properties in the game after following up an outstanding first year at senior level with a 2019 that has him leading the Coaches' Association Player of the Year award and has him among the favourites to win the Brownlow Medal.

The Cats are desperate to keep the gun midfielder, who has strong family ties to Western Australia, so much so that they are reportedly willing to formulate a radical contract that facilitates both long-term security and the ability to trigger a trade at the end of each season.

Tim Kelly (left) is a key member of a star-studded Geelong midfield.

A whopping five-year offer in the ball-park of $800,000-a-year that Kelly could walk away from on short notice is reportedly a consideration for the Cats.

That kind of deal would align with the thinking of Kelly's manager, Anthony van der Wielen, who told the Herald Sun he has urged the Cats to "get creative".

“How can we get creative and what would it mean for a commitment. It is really just talking very openly and honestly about what are our options,” van der Wielen said.

Alternatively, as The Age has reported, a shorter deal with player options for one-year extensions has been tabled, with Cats list manager Stephen Wells revealing the club's thinking.

“What we’ve offered is significant and we’re hoping it’s enough to stay,” Wells told The Age.

“Everyone’s got their own circumstances, but we’d be silly not to be creative in our thinking in order to keep a good player like Tim Kelly.”

Still, all that creativity will come to nought if Shaw is on the money.

"If they win the premiership, I think Kelly is gone and he'll go back to Perth," Shaw told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"As soon as they (win a premiership), he'd probably think he doesn't owe them anything anymore. And they're probably thinking, 'look we'd love to keep him but this comes up every year and we don't want it to keep going'.

"If it wasn't the case (they don't win the premiership), I reckon he's still probably gone.

"It looks like his partner and kids, look they might be having fun down there, but I don't think they like the cold. Down in Geelong in the middle of winter let me tell you it's not sunny like Queensland or Western Australia.

"I think it'll happen, he will get traded, but if they were to win a premiership, it'll be a beautiful parting of the ways, if they weren't it'd be harder for Geelong to keep him.

"And gee boys, he can play."

Both the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle are eager to sign Kelly and it is likely to become a two-horse race between them to do a deal should the 24-year-old decide to leave Geelong.

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