Geelong CEO Brian Cook has revealed that the club will not trade midfielder Tim Kelly to a Perth club at the end of the season.
The 24-year old has enjoyed a stellar debut season at the Cattery but is reportedly homesick and keen to move his young family back to Western Australia.
Cook said the club would support Kelly and his family and moving him to Fremantle or West Coast was not an option.
“He’s got another year to go so we’ve basically got another 13 or 14 months to work through this,” Cook told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“Personally, I’ve got no intention of considering a transfer over to Perth for Tim Kelly.
“The issue for us is to provide a lot of support around him and his family and try to ensure his entire family is comfortable in Geelong in the longer term.
“I’m confident we can do that.”
Cook also gave coach Chris Scott his backing as the man to take the club forward after signing him to a four-year contract extension.
“I think coaches have got to have skin in the game if they’re going to be good coaches and Chris is a good coach, like pretty much all of the good coaches in the top eight,” Cook said.
“For stability and for growth and for transition post Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett, I think we need someone who makes decisions not only for this week, but for the next five years and Chris is ideally that person.”