Geelong CEO Brian Cook has spoken to SEN Breakfast about the possibility of Jack Steven making his way to Kardinia Park.
Steven, a four-time best and fairest winner at St Kilda, has declared his interest to get to the Cats, but the Saints are digging their heels in and won’t let the midfielder go without decent compensation.
Cook said while Geelong are keen to get Steven to the club, they will not be giving up more than is necessary.
“We are very enthusiastic about Jack Steven coming, but I don't think there is a willingness to go and give a really high pick for him," Cook told SEN Breakfast.
"We just think that this is a bit unique this trade … we understand St Kilda have reasons for letting go Steven and we’re very happy to pick those up, but we’re not willing to provide a high draft pick for that swap.”
Should the Steven deal fall through, Cook said the Cats were not active seeking another mature player to add to the group.
“There’s a couple around who are 30, 31-32 (years old) – we’re not overly favourable on those. It’s more about our existing players like Quinton Narkle and Nakia Cockatoo and Charlie Constable, and a few others coming through.”
Cook said recruiting more senior midfielders was potentially risky.
“You’ve got to be wary don’t you, that if you do pick up a couple of older midfielders, you actually limit the opportunities of people like Lachie Fogarty and the other players I mentioned," he added.
“Personally, I’ve always gone into these periods trying to get young talent, because we’re always after a one year and five year balance. We want to do really well next year, but we also want to do well in five years time.”
Steven, who is from the surf coast, asked for a trade to Geelong last year which did not go ahead.
Geelong gained picks 14, 24 and 37 for the 2019 draft from yesterday's Tim Kelly deal, and also hold picks 17, 36, 56, 92.