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Geelong’s head of recruiting Stephen Wells has confirmed the club’s interest in both Jonathon Ceglar and Tyson Stengle.
Hawthorn ruckman Ceglar is believed to be looking for a new club after being asked to explore his options elsewhere.
Wells says the Cats have expressed interest in Ceglar but will only make a move for the 30-year-old when Darcy leaves Fort Kardinia Park for Brisbane.
“The reason we made some inquiries about Jonathon is because there was interest in Darcy Fort from another club,” Wells said on SEN Mornings.
“So yes, we’ve made some inquiries, but that all depends on Darcy Fort staying with the Cats and that’s still to be worked out.
“It is public or reported that Brisbane has shown some interest in Darcy and it is true. If I had to guess now, I think Darcy will still be in Geelong next year.”
Former Richmond and Adelaide minor forward Stengle is also on the Cats’ radar after scoring 44 goals for SANFL premieres Woodville-West Torrens this season.
It was reported Wednesday morning that his ex-Crows teammate and Carlton great Eddie Betts will join the Cats in a coaching role that would fit well with 22-year-old Stengle’s every step.
“Yeah, we’re (interested),” Wells said of Stengle.
“We think Tyson had a great time at Woodville-West Torrens. He has been a good player in the SANFL all year, including a good performance on the Premiership winning team.
“We do have some interest in Tyson and he is very lucky to have a man like Eddie in his corner.
“We haven’t committed to him yet, but it’s not just us who say we want Tyson. He will have to make that decision himself in consultation with his management team. Tyson is in a great position where he can have a little bit of control about the decision he’s making and where he’ll have his next chance at the AFL level.
“We would be happy if Tyson ended up at Geelong.”
Wells also touched on current Cats youngsters Jordan Clark and Charlie Constable.
Clark’s camp is in talks with Fremantle about a possible shift in this trading period, but there’s still plenty to play for.
“It’s going well. Out of respect for Jordan’s position and his request, we are in talks with Fremantle,” said Wells.
“Andrew Mackie from here and David Walls from Fremantle have had a lot of conversations about this.
“There is still a lot of work to be done. Jordan understands that he is a contracted player and it should be a good deal for us to let him go.
“But that’s all being worked out at the moment, pretty realistic I think.”
Wells responded to criticism of a reportedly high asking price, presumably pick 8, in exchange for Clark.
“There has been a report about choice 8. I can safely say that we have never just said, ‘Give us choice 8 for Jordan Clark’. We are not like that, we are realistic,” he added.
“That has never been on the table, but we do expect that given he has a contract, we will try to make a deal that is fair to everyone.
“In that kind of trade, there would have been an understanding that if choice 8 came our way, something different would go with Jordan. That’s not going to happen now.
“Both clubs and Jordan should be happy with the result. All I know is that there have been good, constructive discussions between us and Fremantle.
“If there is a good concrete proposal, the decision can be taken immediately.”
Midfielder Constable is exploring his options after finding difficult playing time for seniors in recent years.
Wells would be open to the 22-year-old moving on, but says the club will be patient.
“Through discussions with his management group and with Charlie, we have just agreed that we will see what happens during the trading period,” he said.
“I would like to see Charlie get a chance at another club. If not, we will all work through it after the trading period. We have until the end of October to make decisions about these players.
“We think Charlie would be a great person to keep at the club, but that has yet to be finalized.”
Constable’s Agent Marty Pask recently said: AFL Trade Radio that there has been only “moderate” interest in his client.
Geelong confirmed on Wednesday that five players – Rhys Stanley, Gary Rohan, Brad Close, Zach Guthrie and Francis Evans – have all signed contracts with the club.
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