Geelong utility Mark Blicavs says he’s confident Steven Motlop will sign a new AFL deal to stay at the Cats.
Geelong face an off-season of renovation with several flag winners coming off contract at season’s end.
The Cats have been persistently linked to wantaway Blues forward Lachie Henderson and Adelaide’s Patrick Dangerfield.
The key in any potential dealing could be the sublimely talented Steven Motlop, who joins veterans Jimmy Bartel, Corey Enright, Steve Johnson, James Kelly and Andrew Mackie without a contract to play in 2016.
But on Saturday, Blicavs told Channel Seven’s AFL Game Day that he believes Motlop is on the brink of re-signing to stay at the Cattery.
“We’d like to sign him in the next week or two and I think he will,” he said.
“He gives us that run and bit of flair that we need, and he’s really good in the contest too.
“He’s got a lot of good mates at the club and he’s established himself as a Geelong player. I can’t see why he wouldn’t be there next year.”
Legendary AFL figure Leigh Matthews gave a compelling reason against Motlop re-signing.
“Two hundred thousand dollars a year might be the why,” he told the same program.
“He probably likes Geelong but, if he leaves Geelong, it’s not that he doesn’t like Geelong. It’s that he gets a Godfather offer from another club.”
As speculation surrounding the future of the Cats’ senior players reaches fever pitch, Blicavs suggested it wouldn’t be completely a decision of the club’s management.
“A few probably have a decision to make whether they want to continue to play,” he said.
“I’d say that players would have some sort of say (whether they will play on).
“Players like Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright have earned the right to have some sort of say, that’s for sure.”