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Watts unlikely for Cats

GEELONG is unlikely to become the new home for Melbourne forward Jack Watts with Cats’ list manager Stephen Wells admitting they are unlikely to secure a deal with the Demons.

The former No.1 draft pick, who has also been linked with Port Adelaide and Sydney, toured Simonds Stadium yesterday

“We are unlikely to be able to do a deal for Jack to come to Geelong,” Wells told Trade Radio.

“But that doesn’t mean we won’t see something change in that regard in the next week or so.

“But, yeah, we haven’t offered Jack a contract at this stage”

The Cats find themselves in a similar situation with out-of-favour Westrn Bulldog Jake Stringer.

“We investigated Jake and thought we’d be a good club for him,” Wells said.

“The problem we were always going to have was trying to do that deal with the Bulldogs.

“We have pick 20 in the draft and were really keen to keep that pick, we’re not saying it’s totally off the table but it would have to be a really good deal for us to part with that.

“Jake might have been a good player to part with pick 20, but the Bulldogs made it clear that wasn’t going to get the deal done.”

MEANWHILE, Brisbane has declined to match the Power’s offer for former captain Tom Rockliff.

The 27-year-old played 154 games in nine season wit’s the Lions

“I met with Ken Hinkley, Travis Boak and some other key people at Port Adelaide after the season and was really impressed,” Rockliff said.

“I think the club can be great for me as a footballer and I think I have a lot to offer the club too.

“Port Adelaide is coming off a strong season and everyone is optimistic about what we can achieve in 2018.”

Brisbane will receive an end of Round 1 compensation draft pick for Rockliff, while the deal means the Power has lost its compensation selection it received for Jackson Trengove joining the Western Bulldogs.

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