Geelong coach Chris Scott says Tim Kelly and the club remains focused on the short-term, putting contract talks on hold for the moment.
Kelly requested a trade to West Coast last year in a bid to return home, but a move could not be completed.
Scott says he isn’t in a position to push the 24-year-old to make a decision on his future.
“We’re trying to stay true to the position we mutually reached at the start of the year,” he told SEN’s Whateley.
“Let’s deal with what we know. We’re together for the next 12 months at the very least.
“I think it’s our duty as a club to make sure that we don’t put too much pressure on him in a way that might take away from his short-term focus.
“It’s a bit similar with him, it genuinely is hard to predict where things are going to be at six or 12 months into the future… so while you’ve got to have an eye on it, you’ve got to take a step back with the relevant people at some point.
“The most important thing is that you don’t sabotage the opportunity you have in the short-term, so we’ve come to that agreement and feel that whatever happens, we can reach a respectful position without the two parties necessarily agreeing on that course of action.”
Kelly has started his second season with a bang, averaging 25.9 disposals, 12.9 contested possessions and seven clearances for the Cats.
Geelong will aim to win their fifth straight game when they return to GMHBA Stadium to host the Western Bulldogs.
Hear Chris Scott on Whateley in the player below.