Brett Deledio of the Tigers directs play during the 2015 AFL round 21 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on August 22, 2015. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cats keen on Richmond star Deledio

Several reports have emerged over the past week indicating Geelong is interested in signing Richmond star Brett Deledio.

The Footy Show’s Damian Barrett reported last Thursday night that the Cats are very keen on the 29-year-old, while the Herald Sun’s Sam Edmund echoed Barrett’s beliefs on radio yesterday morning.

However, with Geelong trading away several high picks last season in order to capture high profile recruits, Patrick Dangerfield, Zac Smith, Scott Selwood and Lachie Henderson, it may prove difficult to satisfy the Tigers at the trade table.

Richmond will not want to lose Deledio, but if he does indeed want out, the Tigers will most likely request a first round pick in exchange for the two-time best and fairest winner.

The Cats also have little salary cap room to work with since recruiting the aforementioned quartet, while Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins are believed to be on around $800,000 per season.

Deledio was selected with pick No.1 in the 2004 National Draft and has played 243 games in 12 seasons with the Tigers.

He managed just 11 games this year after a quad injury delayed his start to the season, while a calf injury prematurely ended his campaign.