Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe has backed the idea of a trade that would see his side land Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly.
Kelly has been among the AFL’s elite during his first season in Cats colours, after he was recruited as a mature-player at the end of the last year.
Having played every possible match for Geelong in 2018, it’s been acknowledged that Kelly, 23, has been contemplating a return home to Western Australia.
Kelly and his partner have three young children, and have been reportedly battling without the support of their own families.
Kelly is contracted until the end of 2019, meaning a trade would need to be established for the star midfielder to return to W.A.
Fyfe has suggested his club would be really happy to table an offer for Kelly’s services.
“I think Tim Kelly, with Brad and Stephen Hill, looks pretty nice,” Fyfe said on Fox Footy.
“It’s hard to comment on speculation in this situation. I’ve been through this as well.”
Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph suggested a possible trade scenario for Kelly could potentially be young ruckman Sean Darcy, who hails from Victoria.
Geelong have found concerns settling on a recognised ruckman this season, with both Zac Smith and Rhys Stanley switching roles in Chris Scott’s best 22.
With Fremantle veteran Aaron Sandilands, 36, closing in on retirement, Fyfe has said Darcy is not up for trade this season.
“I would love to have Tim Kelly,” Fyfe said.
“But certainly not at the expense of Sean Darcy, who’s going to be putting the ball down my throat for the next decade.”
Both Western Australian sides Fremantle and West Coast have been said to keen on securing the high sought after Kelly.
The Dockers hold pick six at the draft, however the club doesn’t have a second-round pick, which would be a sweeter in landing Kelly.
The Eagles, however, don’t hold a pick until pick 20, giving them less to offer.