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Cats content with Clark trade

Jordan Clark has been traded to Fremantle. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG is comfortable with the deal it has done with Fremantle that seen the wantaway youngster return home to Western Australia.

Despite Clark being contracted for next year, the Cats couldn’t secure pick 19 for the 20-year-old, who was drafted with selection 15 in 2018.

However, they received pick 22 and Carlton’s third-round pick next year for Clark and Geelong’s fourth-round selection in 2022.

“We thought the deal reflected the value we placed on Jordan,” list boss Stephen Wells said.

“We believe that Jordan could have come back here and been a really good player for us, and we’re confident he’ll have a good career now over at Fremantle.

“So, we needed a good deal; otherwise, we were going to have Jordan back, and he was well aware of it.

“Pick 22, and a future third gives us an opportunity to bring in a couple of players over the next couple of years that we think can help us.”

Geelong also farewelled back-up ruckman Darcy Fort, who joined Brisbane along with pick 41 in this year’s draft.

In return, the Cats received pick 50 and a future third-round selection.

That future third-round selection was used to help bring Hawthorn ruck Jonathon Ceglar to GMHBA Stadium.

“It’s a great get for us,” Wells said. “We’re disappointed to lose Darcy Fort, of course, and we weren’t going to let Darcy go without bringing in another good quality, experienced ruckman.”

“When Jonathon became available, we were keen to pursue that and also give Darcy an opportunity to chase another opportunity up at Brisbane.”

The departure of Clark and Fort brings to nine the number of players to have departed Geelong this off-season.

They join Nathan Kreuger (Collingwood), retired duo Lachie Henderson and Josh Jenkins and the delisted Ben Jarvis, Cam Taheny, Stefan Okunbor and Oscar Brownless.

Midfielder Charlie Constable remains without a contract for next year after failing to attract any trade interest.

“He’s one we will be talking with and about over the course of the next ten days as we finalise our list,” Wells said.

“At the end of October, those decisions have to be made by.

“We’re going to get stuck into that now that the trade period’s happened without him being traded.”

Geelong will also have to decide whether it will upgrade rookie-listed duo Tom Atkins and Bradley Close.

The pair both have contracts with the Cats until the end of 2023.

“We’ve got great options here,” Wells said. “We’ve got plenty of spots on our list to upgrade them if we deem it best for the way we manage our playing list.

“But they can also stay down there.

“One of them might go up, or they both might stay down – we’re still working that all out.

“We have until draft night to finalise all that.”

Geelong currently holds selections 22, 30, 32, 34 and 50 for next month’s National Draft.

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