Garry Lyon has urged Geelong to keep dashing youngster Jordan Clark.
News late last week indicated that Clark was set to remain with the Cats despite suggestions that Fremantle and West Coast had been showing interest.
But even so, Lyon feels it would be wise of the Cats to present the 20-year-old West Australian with an opportunity that allows him to take the next step in his career.
With chat surrounding the Cats who appeared to lack speed in their Grand Final loss to Richmond, Lyon and Tim Watson spoke of a possible fix for 2021.
“We were talking about Geelong and how they need some run and dash off half-back,” Lyon said on SEN Breakfast.
“We were talking about how they needed something different. Then someone said, ‘What about the half-time sprint?’. Did you see who won it? Jordan Clark.
“I wouldn’t trade him for love nor money.
“I know Fremantle are into him and I know he must have had some attitudinal issues later this year which meant he couldn’t get back into that side, but back yourself in Chris Scott. He seems to be a great person manager.
“To get him over summer and say, ‘Mate, you’ve got a half-back flank here for the next 10 years’. Do what (Tigers defender Liam) Baker has done, become elite.
“He’s right under your nose.”
Watson added: “There’s the speed that they were looking for.
“He’s got super talent too.”
Having impressed in 2019 by playing 18 games, Clark played just three games in 2020 as he dealt with a shoulder injury while also being dropped from the senior side.