Patrick Dangerfield
Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows handballs during the round six AFL match. Source: Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac

Cats ready to splurge $1.3 million on Dangerfield and Henderson

Geelong is preparing lucrative deals for Patrick Dangerfield and Lachie Henderson for this year’s trade period.

The Cats have made eight consecutive finals appearances and it seems that their dominance over the competition is slowly coming to end, after a 5-5 start to 2015.

However, Geelong aims to throw its premiership window back open, by luring both Adelaide’s Dangerfield and Carlton’s Henderson to the Cattery.

The Cats have a $1.3 million surplus in store to use on the pair.

It is estimated Dangerfield would cost Geelong about $800,000 per year, and Henderson $500,000 per year.

Dangerfield is widely considered one of the best midfielders in the game, and will be in high demand come season’s end when he is out of contract, but many already believe that Dangerfield to Geelong is a done deal.

The star Adelaide midfielder is a free agent, however Henderson is not, as he has spent just six years at Carlton.

Geelong would most likely be willing to give up a first or second round draft pick for the Blue, who has shown he can play a key role in defence or attack.

But given the quality still on Geelong’s list, how can they afford two huge signings?

The Cats have a host of veterans who could retire at the end of this year or next year. Meaning that whatever deals are made, they could be back ended to accommodate the aging stars for one more season.

Corey Enright, Steve Johnson, Jimmy Bartel, Jared Rivers, Andrew Mackie and James Kelly are all playing well enough to continue, however, they are nearing the end of their careers.

It is expected that of the stars, Enright is almost certain to hang up the boots, while Rivers has stated he is unsure if he will play on next season, freeing up vital salary cap space.

Geelong also has left over cash from its failed bid to lure former Melbourne defender James Frawley to the club.

If Geelong can pull off the bold moves, it would make for a formidable side.

Henderson could come into the side in place of Rivers, while Dangerfield, lining up alongside Selwood, is a mouth-watering prospect for all Cats fans.

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