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Cats still open to trading up: Wells

Geelong list manager Stephen Wells. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GEELONG remains open to the potential of trading up for a top 10 pick in the first round of the AFL National Draft on Wednesday night.

The Cats hold selections 14 and 17 in this year’s first round, as well two future first-round picks.

“Of course there has to be another club involved, and most of the clubs now don’t want to be moving back too far,” Wells told krockfootball.com.au.

“But 14 and 17 and our future assets, they’re all available to us if we think the deal is right to trade up.

“We’ve had discussions with every club, but it looks at this stage we’ll be using pick 14 and 17.”

As always, Wells and his team are prepared for a range of scenarios, which means they aren’t targeting a specific type of player.

“We’ll have a good opportunity to get a mix of types of players,” he said.

“We’re not quite sure what order that’s going to come in, but I think over the three days of the draft we’ll get a good mix.”

Geelong will also have two live picks in Friday’s Rookie Draft.

That was one until last Friday after delisted big man Ryan Abbott, who the Cats had promised they would redraft along with youngster Oscar Brownless, decided to join St Kilda.

However, Wells says that doesn’t mean the Cats are chasing a ruckman over the next three days.

“We won’t be drafting a particular type of player if we don’t think they have a future in the AFL,” he said/

“Out of the six picks, I think we’ll get a good mix.”

Oakleigh Chargers Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson are bound for the Gold Coast for picks No.1 and 2.

“We think the next group of seven or eight players is a good even bunch,” Wells said.

“If we had an earlier pick it would be an interesting decision because we’re very confident that group will have good AFL careers.

“Then after that, the next 15-20 players where we’re picking at the moment, are, again, very even.”

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