“Horrified” Eagle rang coach to ensure he wasn't part of Kelly trade

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Andrew Gaff’s name was surprisingly linked in a trade between West Coast and Geelong for wantaway midfielder Tim Kelly.

Gaff, 27, signed a six-year extension with the Eagles last year, but a Herald Sun report indicated the star wingman has an exit clause in his contract that makes him eligible for free agency.

With West Coast scrambling to satisfy the Cats’ demands, Gaff was reportedly thrown up as someone who could be used to sweeten the Kelly deal.

The thought of that alarmed Gaff who contacted coach Adam Simpson to ensure he remained in his plans for 2020.

“Andrew was horrified,” West Coast footy boss Craig Vozzo told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.

“He actually rang the coach at the time just to make sure there was nothing hidden, and nothing was going on.

“We’ve reassured him that that wasn’t even one per cent of a thought from our point of view. We’re really pleased to bring Tim (Kelly) in and keep building our list and Andrew was never thought about on our part.

“But obviously clubs enquired because he is a quality player.”

Kelly officially joined West Coast on Wednesday in exchange for picks 14, 24, 33 and next year's first round pick.

Gaff averaged 31.9 disposals from 22 matches as the 2018 premiers bowed out at the semi-final stage.

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