Geelong's recruiting and list manager Stephen Wells spoke to the media last night following the conclusion of the 2021 trade period.
Here’s what he had to say about the Club’s trades and other players of interest.
It’s a great get for us. We’re disappointed to lose Darcy Fort of course, and we weren’t going to let Darcy go without bringing in another good quality, experienced ruckman. When Jonathon became available we were keen to pursue that and also give Darcy his opportunity to chase another opportunity up at Brisbane.
We were disappointed to see Darcy go. We wish him nothing but success. Brisbane have given him an opportunity up there and he thought that was good for his footy. We thought we could do that if we brought in another ruckman and that’s the way it played out.
We thought the deal reflected the value we placed on Jordan. We believe that Jordan could have come back here and been really good for us and are confident that he’ll have a good career now over at Fremantle. Pick 22 and a future third gives us an opportunity to bring in a couple of players over the next couple of years that we think can help us at that time.
All clubs put in their final lists on the 31st of October so Tyson will come off the Crows list then and there’s a process in place for delisted free agents. So there’s still a bit there, a bit to work through, but it’s headed in that direction.
Obviously (he’s) had a great year. His efforts playing for South Fremantle in a really good competition over there in the WAFL were worthy of notice, not just by us I’m sure but by every AFL club. He improved this year and did a good job in a senior competition, so he’s one we’re considering.
He is out of contract for next year and he’s one that we’ll be talking with and about over the course of the next 10 days as we finalise our list. So we’re going to get stuck into that now that the trade period’s happened without him being traded.