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Future may lay elsewhere for Wylie

Wylie Buzza in action during Geelong’s VFL win over North Melbourne. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

VERSATILE key forward Wylie Buzza concedes he may have to look elsewhere for opportunities at AFL level after being frozen out of Geelong’s senior team this year.

The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and looms as an attractive trade target for rival clubs.

However, he remains happy at Geelong and is hopeful of being asked to play a role in the club’s long-term plans.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty, but it’s a football club. It’s not the normal world,” Buzza told krockfootball.com.au.

“There’s still six weeks (left in the season) if finals go well and the AFL team goes deep, which is a quarter of the year essentially.

“I’ve got my manager doing his job and I trust that he’s doing the right things for me.

“Wellsy (Geelong list manager Stephen Wells) is in constant talks with them and with me and we just understand that in this industry you just don’t know.”

Buzza has kicked 26 goals in 14 VFL games this season, including three in each of his last two outings, and reached the 50-game milestone in last week’s thrashing of North Melbourne.

But the fourth-year Cat has not featured at AFL level since Round 17 last year, with Esava Ratugolea preferred as a tall partner for star spearhead Tom Hawkins in attack this season.

“They’re happy with what I’m doing and I’ve just got to keep pushing,” Buzza said.
“You never know, I might even get an AFL opportunity yet. Even if I don’t, we’re playing great footy in the VFL.

“It’s not a nice feeling being out of contract, but at the same time I’m feeling comfortable.

“I’m not getting a go in the best team in comp. We’re on top of the ladder, so if I’m not getting a game, it’s the right team to be at not getting a game.

“I’m just seeking opportunity and hoping that comes.”

Despite sitting further down the pecking order than he would like, the Queenslander Is enjoying life in Geelong.

“Geelong’s a fantastic place. It’s the only regional footy club around and I’m a country kid,” Buzza said.
“I love Geelong and I love everything about it. I’m happy here and hopefully Geelong are happy to give me more time.
“But at the same time, you seek opportunity, so we’ll just have to see how the year plays out.”

Buzza will likely spearhead the VFL forward line when Geelong takes on top-eight rival Williamstown at Downer Oval on Sunday.

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