PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Jarrod Brander of the Eagles tries to keep the ball in play under pressure from Ben Long of the Saints during the 2021 AFL Round 19 match between the West Coast Eagles and the St Kilda Saints at Optus Stadium on July 24, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

West Coast utility Jarrod Brander is believed to be heading for the exit at Lathlain Park, with a return to Victoria potentially on the cards.

Reports emerged earlier this month that the 22-year-old would not be offered a new deal past the 2021 season, with Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett stating the club will work with Brander throughout the trade window.

"If Jarrod is a tradable player, we'll see if someone's got some interest in Jarrod," Nisbett told ABC Radio. 

"After that we'll see what happens from that point on, but we'll make decisions post the trade period."

Brander first joined the Eagles via the 2017 National Draft as a first-round selection and tall-forward prospect, but has since emerged into a formidable winger for West Coast.

With plenty left to offer at AFL level, we've named FIVE fitting homes for the Bendigo Pioneers product.


1. Geelong

This selection comes from a number of standpoints, with the Cats needing to look into their future while remaining in contention for a premiership in 2022.

Brander would not be out of comfort at Kardinia Park after graduating from Geelong Grammar, moving back to a more familiar setting.

Should the Cats also look to implement a succession plan for their three oldest onballers in Isaac Smith, Shaun Higgins and Joel Selwood in midfield, Brander could firm as a cheap option to hold down the fort on the wing for the future.

Geelong are understood to have shown interest in Brander's services in the past according to SEN's Sam Edmund, and could be likely to strike should he be available for a move back to his home state.

“I believe Geelong has an ongoing interest in Jarrod Brander, he was a boarder at Geelong Grammar before being drafted high and I’m told there’s an ongoing interest there," Edmund said last month.

“The Cats think they can turn him into something special.”

AFL Rd 3 - Geelong v Hawthorn
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Isaac Smith of the Cats and Jaeger O'Meara of the Hawks shake hands afterg the 2021 AFL Round 03 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 05, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)