A reported $1.5 million dollar deal over three years has been offered to Geelong’s star midfielder Tim Kelly, who this time last year was working as a sparky’s apprentice.
Andrew Gaff’s potential departure from the Eagles would allow for a first-round compensation pick and an aliquot of trade currency, giving West Coast the opportunity to pursue Kelly.
Kelly’s manager Anthony Van Der Wielen told the Herald Sun he hopes the star player will commit past 2019 but is not yet in a position to do so.
“We are probably not going to be in a position (to re-sign) until the end of the year,” he told the Herald Sun.
“We just want him concentrating on playing good footy.
“I reckon all clubs need to see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I am in regular contact with both clubs here (in WA), and I am in regular contact with Geelong.
“At this stage he will be at Geelong next year but we will worry about negotiating something next year.”
Friday’s clash against reigning premiers Richmond showcased the young star’s prowess as a new player.
“We are seeing the emergence of a champion,” commentator Bruce McAvaney declared on Channel 7.
Six Melbourne-based clubs including Carlton, St Kilda, Melbourne, North Melbourne and Essendon are reportedly unfazed by Gaff’s horror king-hit on rookie Andrew Brayshaw and are interested in his services regardless.
“I think there’s six Melbourne-based clubs that would be interested in Andrew Gaff, but West Coast is a pretty good club that’s doing a lot right and they don’t lose many players,” Gaff’s manager Paul Connors told SEN.
“He’s a deep thinker who just takes his time and I said it last year, Josh Kelly in July was leaving (GWS) and in August he’s staying, so Gaff’s just taking his time.”