Geelong hold picks 17, 36, 54 and 90 heading into this year’s draft and will be mainly seeking selections when midfield star Tim Kelly requests a trade home to Western Australia, as appears inevitable.
The Cats would prefer to deal with Fremantle as they have greater collateral than West Coast and are also less likely to contend for the premiership, although the All-Australian midfielder is expected to again nominate the Eagles as his preferred destination.
Wells said Kelly’s management had told the Cats to “prepare as if he is going to be requesting a trade” but they had not yet been officially told and they had held very preliminary talks with Eagles and Dockers officials to see what might be on offer.
Wells also said there was a contract offer is in front of dual Brownlow medallist and dual premiership Cat Gary Ablett jnr, to continue his career into its 19th season, and he would be surprised if the 35-year-old did not play on although Ablett was yet to make a final decision.
He also said respected midfielder Scott Selwood was looking to begin a coaching career after being delisted from the Cats and that contracted midfielder Charlie Constable, who was starved of opportunities this season, was going to remain at Geelong in 2020.