MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Tim Kelly of the Cats runs with the ball during the round 20 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Geelong coach Chris Scott might have dropped a clue about Tim Kelly’s future in his post-match press conference last week.

Both Perth teams are trying to lure the mature-age draftee amid reports that Kelly and his young family are homesick.

West Coast are making a stronger play than the Dockers in a bid to replace out-of-contract star Andrew Gaff, should he choose to leave the Eagles at season’s end.

After a best-on-ground performance against the reigning premiers Richmond, Kelly’s value continues to rise week by week.

But Scott believes that the 24-year old midfielder will be staying at the Cattery for a while.

The Cats coach dropped this hint about the Western Australian match winner in his press conference last week, which has flown under the radar, after getting 36 touches against the best team in the competition.

“With the company that was surrounding him tonight from both teams, for him to really stand out (is excellent),” Scott said.

“I think my analysis is right on that. I think he was clearly the player that stood above the others in and around the contest.

“It’s a pretty good effort.

“He has got a lot of good footy ahead of him for the Cats.”

If the coach is right, this is great news for the Cats as Kelly has already established himself as a star in the league.

Kelly is projected to finish in Geelong’s top five come best and fairest night whilst averaging 23 possessions in 19 games in his debut season.