Kelly prefers to stay with Cats than join Dockers instead of Eagles
TIM Kelly will spend another year at Geelong rather than head to Fremantle despite the Dockers’ attempts to gatecrash his trade with West Coast.
Fremantle has already offered pick 11 to Geelong for the brilliant first-year midfielder.
But Kelly’s manager Anthony van der Wielen said yesterday it was Kelly’s decision rather than his own to deal exclusively with West Coast, which has offered him a lucrative five-year deal.
The player-manager who has offices in Fremantle is good mates with new Dockers football boss Peter Bell, but said this week he did not want Kelly going to that club.
West Coast has offered picks 20 and 22 – enough points to secure a top-10 pick.
Geelong has said it will only accept a top-10 selection in return for the sparkling midfielder, but Fremantle’s pick 11 would likely seal the deal.
But Kelly has indicated he would play at Geelong for another year, aware his partner and children would only return to the city in January and be gone again by September as he requested a trade again. They have three young children and no immediate family support around them despite challenging circumstances, with West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett saying this week it was a legitimate case of homesickness.
“We went to Geelong knowing he was contracted and said he was having a hard time there,’’ Van der Wielen said. “He said if you could get something for him he would love to go home. But he will only go to West Coast and if not he will see out his contract.
“I asked him if he wanted to have a chat to Peter Bell and he said, ‘I don’t want to do it’.
“He said, ‘I will stay at Geelong or go to West Coast’. But I don’t want to go to a club down the bottom of the ladder.”