Geelong an unlikely new home for Watts: Cats

Geelong are playing down their chances of landing Melbourne’s Jack Watts, claiming a deal for him remains unlikely to be done.

While the Cats’ stance on Wednesday sent Watts a step closer to Port Adelaide, Fairfax Media understands Geelong could still be a player in the trade, depending on what compensation they receive for a departing Steven Motlop.

After Watts’ tour of the Cats’ facilities on Tuesday, which included meetings with coach Chris Scott and superstar Patrick Dangerfield, the race appeared to be down to two clubs.

While Geelong are still some hope of landing Watts, Port Adelaide are now firmly in the box seat.

Cats list manager Stephen Wells said at this stage they wouldn’t be able to compensate the Demons with a suitable trade.

“We’ve met with Jack as an information-gathering exercise and my conversations with both Jack, Paul Connors and also with the Melbourne Football Club, we’ve had to say at the moment that we’re unlikely to be able to do a deal for Jack to come to Geelong,” he told the league’s website.

“But that doesn’t mean we won’t see something change in that regard in the next week or so, but we haven’t offered Jack a contract at this stage.

“The main reason is because we don’t like to commit to a player as far as attracting them to Geelong unless we think we can get the deal done.

“We’ve had good conversations with Melbourne and Todd Viney has made it clear what they’d be expecting for Jack from us and at this stage we don’t think we’d be able to do that deal, so we’re not going to give Jack any false hope or waste anyone’s time.”

Geelong have picks 21 and 34 (after Brisbane received a compensation pick for Tom Rockliff) in the second round of the upcoming draft and at this stage remain unwilling to part with either of them in exchange for Watts.

That could change, however, if and when they receive a compensation pick for Motlop, which is likely to be either 22 or 35.

Fairfax Media understands that a decision about Watts’ preferred destination isn’t likely to be made public this week.

Sydney remain interested in the departing Demon, but the Swans would have to make room in their salary cap before entertaining a trade.

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