MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Jack Steven of the Saints marks the ball during a St Kilda Saints AFL training session at RSEA Park at on July 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

After 180 games with the Saints since being debuting in 2009, Jack Steven is being closely tracked by by the Cats. Growing up only an hour away from GMHBA stadium in Lorne, Steven is a highly sought-after piece for the Cats to add to their growing list of stars.

Having only played four games in 2019 due to mental health issues and injuries, Steven is back in the VFL and not ruling out a late return to the AFL.

However, with Geelong circling and the Saints listening to offers, it is understood there could be a player swap, according to

Steven has one year left on his contract and despite Geelong unwilling to give up young gun Charlie Constable, it appears they value Steven more highly.

Sources close to Constable believe he is desperate for game time at senior level and frustrated by the lack of it this year after starting in seven of the first nine games.

Ryan Abbott is also keen for senior opportunity as the 27-year-old ruckman can't crack the ruck core of Rhys Stanley, Zac Smith and Darcy Fort.

The Cats will want the right deal for him but it's understood if he is used as a puzzle piece for the Steven deal it could suit both parties.

Both players would certainly suit the Saints more at the present time with the club needing a few more emerging stars to really be competing for finals footy in 2020.

The trade period gets underway on October 7 and all eyes will be on Geelong's play toward the four-time Trevor Barker medalist from the Saints.