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Geelong chief outlines trade and draft plans


Geelong CEO Steve Hocking has outlined the club’s plans for this year’s trade period and National Draft.

Hocking has confirmed the Cats will be “active” in the trade and free agency space.

The Geelong chief also said they’ll attack the draft having invested heavily in their development program.

Big-name free agents Jordan De Goey and Angus Brayshaw have been linked with the Cats as has GWS midfielder Tim Taranto.

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“We’ll do what we need to do with a range of players and work through it,” Hocking told Sportsday.

“At the appropriate time, we’ll continue to talk to the players that are available.

“We will be active in the trade period, but we will also do quite a bit of work in the draft as well.

“It’ll be a mixture of both. We’ve invested heavily in our development program.

“We want young talent here as well.”

Hocking was specifically asked about Taranto after Sam McClure reported on Wednesday night that Geelong is one of four Victorian clubs showing interest in the unsigned Giant.

“There’s a range of players we’re looking at,” he said.

“I certainly don’t want to make it sound like we’re not throwing darts, we’re a club that will be active through that period.

“We’ll certainly be players in both areas.”


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