Geelong coach Chris Scott has stated his understanding of rival interest in young gun Jordan Clark, with Western Australian clubs tipped to attempt in luring the 20-year-old back to his home state.
Despite being contracted to Kardinia Park until the end of the 2022 season, AFL.com.au reported last week that Fremantle are ramping up their interest in the Cats speedster.
The growing interest in Clark comes as Scott keeps him on the outer of senior selection, with the Claremont product being limited to nine games so fair this season, with two of those matches coming as an unused medical sub.
Clark has consistently shown promise at the AFL level and has been one of the Cats' best when featuring in the VFL, amassing 25 disposals, eight marks and three goals.
His unfavoured position at the Cattery is sure to have rival clubs - namely WA sides - showing interest in luring Clark away from the blue and white hoops.
Speaking on Sportsday, Scott said that he understands why a number of clubs might be linked to the former No.15 draft pick.
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“I can completely understanding the joining the dots of Jordan (Clark) being a first round pick, not being in our team at the moment and being a WA boy,” Scott said.
“Why wouldn’t those guys over in Perth be interested and that’s the way the system works at the moment, Jordan is contracted and we’re really confident he’s going to be a good player for us.
“What we have at the moment is a team who are pretty well stocked, high performers and (others who) play his position.
“A lot of players go through this and come through it, the Geelong team from 2007 to 2012 had a lot of players that played a lot of VFL football and that’s been reinforced by those guys who are on our coaching staff now.
“This notion now that if you’re a first round pick and you’re not playing AFL footy straight away then something is wrong...I don’t necessarily subscribe to that.
“But the risk is other clubs will be interested and that’s fair enough.”
Clark is currently averaging 10.56 disposals per game in 2021, his lowest possessions tally across his three seasons in the AFL.