Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon says Tim Kelly is on track to become one of the elite midfielders in the competition by the end of the year.
Kelly requested a trade to the West Coast Eagles in the off-season but the deal didn’t work out, leaving him at Geelong for the 2019 season.
Lyon watched the 24-year-old train with the Cats on Monday and was impressed by what he saw.
“You just thought no wonder Geelong are so hell-bent on trying to keep him,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“They’re going to move heaven and earth to ensure he stays there.
“He’s had one year of AFL footy.
“You know what it’s like, once you’re in, once you’ve had a taste, you get the benefit of the work that you do, that can take a long time to kick in.
“There’s no question he’ll go to another level.
“He could very well be by the end of the year in the absolute elite category of midfielder.”
Geelong get their 2019 campaign underway against Collingwood at the MCG on March 22.