“I can see a scenario where he definitely could be at Geelong but we’re going to have a good talk today about the picks we’ve got and how we can best use them and best using them doesn’t necessarily match up in this scenario.”
“St Kilda have got every right, given that he’s their contracted player, to set their own market for us and what they think is reasonable – I can totally understand,” Wells said.
“He’s a revered player down there and what they’ve talked about getting for Jack I can understand that but we’ll have our own cost-benefit that we’ll take into account as well and the risks involved with Jack’s unfortunate circumstances this year.
“Everybody will have their own opinion about what’s right and wrong, and this time it just might not match up.
“Right now I can’t imagine one of the highest-profile players will be coming to our club this year, but we’ll be in a good position to have a real crack at free agency and trading next year if nothing else happens this year.”
Meanwhile, Wells anticipated that Geelong would go into season 2020 with one less ruckmen on their list after going hard at Todd Goldstein but failing to secure the big man’s services as he eventually signed a new three-year deal to stay at North Melbourne.
Out-of-favour ruckman Zac Smith has been linked with a move back to his former club Gold Coast.
Veteran swingman Lachie Henderson will also have to wait until the end of the trade period before knowing if he will play for the Cats next season.
“We are tight for list spots, we’ve been to the draft a lot in the last three years, and we’ve got to create some opportunities for those guys and now that we’ve got a good draft hand [this year] the decision on some players, not necessarily Lachie specifically, is impacted by the fact that we’ve got earlier draft picks [rather] than later draft picks,” Wells said.
“So all those guys that are out of contract now, we’ve had good conversations with them and they know it will be into next week before things are finalised.”
Ronny Lerner is a Sports reporter for The Age.