Kelly keen to stay, says part­ner


THE part­ner of Gee­long mid­field star Tim Kelly says he has “no in­ten­tions” of go­ing home to Western Aus­tralia de­spite some home­sick­ness.

Kelly’s man­ager has con­firmed there is strong in­ter­est from Fre­man­tle and West Coast in the ma­ture-age rev­e­la­tion, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion he may seek a trade at the end of the year.

Kelly’s part­ner, Caitlin Miller, said in a so­cial me­dia post that she didn’t like liv­ing in Gee­long, “be­cause I have no fam­ily or friends here”. “It’s bor­ing for me,” Miller said.

“Our fam­ily are su­per-tight and back home we all lived in the same neigh­bour­hood. I could just walk to see them all. It’s very hard, but I’m not un­happy, just miss them.”

But Miller said in a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion on In­sta­gram that Kelly was “ab­so­lutely lov­ing” play­ing for Gee­long. “He most def­i­nitely wants to stay here,” she said.

The cou­ple have chil­dren.

The news would de­light Cats of­fi­cials who are keen to keep Kelly, 23, and ex­tend his con­tract past the end of next year, when his cur­rent deal ex­pires.

The No.24 pick in last year’s draft has been an out­stand­ing se­lec­tion, av­er­ag­ing 22 pos­ses­sions a game in his first AFL sea­son.

He is headed for a top-five fin­ish in Gee­long’s best and fairest. three

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