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Kelly officially an Eagle

Former Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TIM Kelly is now officially a West Coast Eagle with Geelong to receive a raft of picks in return for the star midfielder.

The Cats now have selections 14, 24 and 37 in this year’s draft and the Eagles’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft.

In return, West Coast gains Kelly on a six-year deal, Geelong’s pick 57 this year and a third-round selection in 2020.

“Once we determined that Tim would not recommit to our club and was set on returning to Western Australia we set about securing the best deal for the club,” Geelong’s recruiting and list manager Stephen Wells said.

 “The selections we have secured will give us the best opportunity to add high-end talent to our list in the upcoming national draft.

 “We thank Tim for his two years with us and wish him well in the future, both in his football career and his family.

“Tim was obviously an exceptional player for us, but we are excited by the possibilities the draft picks we have secured offer us.”

Drafted with pick No.24 in 2017 from South Fremantle, Kelly played 48 games of the Cats.

He finished runner-up in ‘Carji’ Greeves Medal twice and was fifth in this year’s Brownlow Medal.

“We are delighted that we have been able to secure Tim because we believe he is a unique talent and a high-quality person,” Eagles football boss Craig Vozzo said.

“His first two seasons in the AFL have been quite extraordinary and probably as good as any player in recent history.

“When Tim nominated our club as his club of choice we were committed to securing his services and so we are thrilled the deal has been done.

“We have paid a premium for his services, but he is an elite player who is about to enter his prime years.”

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