CHARLIE Constable has been told he can no longer play in the same Geelong midfield as Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield – setting the scene for a likely trade request at seasons end.
Constable, the No.36 pick in the 2017 national draft, completed a one year apprenticeship in the VFL in 2018 before last year making a bright start to his career by racking up 31 disposals and a goal in only his second game to earn a rising star nomination.
He averaged 23.2 touches in his first six appearances.
The 191cm midfield ball-winner has tonight been recalled for his first match since Round 9 last year against Fremantle after the Cats were hit hard by injury to the likes of Selwood, Gary Ablett, Luke Dahlhaus and others.
Constable had been growing tired of being overlooked and has been the subject of widespread interest among rival clubs since he lost his place in the Cats side last year.
But with a contract in place until the end of 2021, he had chosen to stay and fight for his place in the line-up.
However, with Dangerfield and Selwood permanent fixtures in Chris Scott’s engine room for a while yet, Constable will find it hard to turn down interest for the second consecutive season given his solid form at VFL and practice match level.