Jhye Clark could end up at Geelong in the first round.

Geelong won the premiership in September, and by November 28th will have added a top-10 talent to a list that is ready to compete for a flag once again.

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Geelong’s draft hand: 7, 58

The Cats pulled off the heist of the trade period when they brought in Jack Bowes along with the Suns’ Pick 7 for a salary dump, and they could pick up the second coming of Joel Selwood with the selection.

Jhye Clark has done everything for the Falcons and Vic Country this season. As captain of both sides he’s shown on-field intelligence and class beyond his years, but he’s also let his football do the talking at times. He’s tough and uncompromising in the midfield, plays above his size on the outside and can hit the scoreboard up forward.

Geelong has been linked to him since acquiring the pick, and for good reason.

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Despite the feel-good story it would be, the Cats are keeping their options open. They’ve been a mountain of work into Ed Allan, who’s come from the clouds to be a top-10 smokey. His athletic profile lends himself to Mark Blicavs comparisons.

Cam Mackenzie would also be considered, but the big question mark will be on Elijah Tsatas if he slides to the Cats’ selection. He’s smooth-moving with a burst of pace and one-touch cleanliness at ground level, and would compliment the hard nuts of the Geelong midfield superbly.

If it came down to Clark or Tsatas, the Cats may opt for the Chargers star.

They’ve retained a late pick as well, and will undoubtedly have a name in mind. Jaiden Magor has special qualities in the forward half, and Jed Hagan is a quality footballer that has been on the radar of clubs for a number of years out of Western Australia.

Father-son prospect Osca Riccardi has been nominated by the Cats, but he may fall through the national draft and end up on the rookie list.

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