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Cats to take four picks to draft

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

PUTTING the disappointment of losing star midfielder Tim Kelly to one side, Geelong list manager Stephen Wells is comfortable with the club’s position heading into next month’s AFL National Draft.

The Cats will have four picks in the first two rounds (14, 17, 24, 36) following the conclusion of the trade period in which it farewelled Kelly and ruckman Zac Smith (Gold Coast) and welcomed Jack Steven (St Kilda) and Josh Jenkins (Adelaide).

“It’s a good position to be in, albeit we lost a start to do it,” Wells said.

“We didn’t want Tim Kelly to go, (and) we would have loved to be dealing with a club that had earlier picks in the draft, but we weren’t.

“Out of it all, we’ve got the best picks that we could, and we’ll try now to turn them into good players through the draft later in November.”

Wells says Jenkins, who had two years to run on his contract with Adelaide, only came into the frame on the final day of the trade period.

As part of the deal, in which the Cats traded pick No.37 and received a future third-round pick, the Crows will pay part of Jenkins’ salary.

“We only this (Tuesday) morning made contact with Adelaide for the first time and said if he’s still available and deal could be worked out – which included his manager (Paul Connors) and Adelaide sorting out the contract – then we would be interested,” Well said.

“As it turned out, with not long to go, we were able to do that deal with Adelaide.”

Steven, who has signed a two-year deal with the Cats, has found his way to GMHBA Stadium in exchange for pick No.58.

It was the pick Geelong received in exchange Smith returning to the Suns.

“Jack’s career with St Kilda was terrific,” Wells said.

“He had his troubles this year. If he can get his self right – and he tells us he’s feeling a lot better about things in recent times compared to early in 2019 – and gets his passion back for footy, we’re hopeful he can provide great competition for spots in our midfield.”

Having already delisted Jordan Cunico, Jamaine Jones and Scott Selwood, Geelong still has calls to make on veteran defender Lachie Henderson, forward Wylie Buzza and Category B rookie Blake Schlensog.

“We’ve got until the 31st of October to finalise our list,” Wells said.

“(Coach) Chris Scott’s been away in America on a study tour, and once he’s back in town, we’ll finalise those discussions.”

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