West Coast adding Tim Kelly to an already elite midfield unit is scary for the rest of the competition, but David King has outlined just how the 25-year-old will help them.
Of all the players who moved clubs in the trade period, King believes Kelly will have the single biggest influence on his new home.
“I think the guy who is going to have the biggest impact on his new club is Tim Kelly,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“There’s no doubt about that in my mind. The Eagles have been the worst ground ball team in the competition the last two years in terms of winning the ball that’s spilling, that’s bobbling, whether it be off clearance or a general crumb.
“This is where Kelly is elite. This is where he can change the game and one man can make a massive difference.”
Kelly averaged 25 disposals per game for the Cats in 2019 and ended up finishing fourth in the Brownlow.
King compared the impact he will have on West Coast to what Patrick Dangerfield did for the Cats.
“If you think of what Patrick Dangerfield did for Geelong when he went there. They were the worst clearance team and 13th in contested footy, now they’re second and third,” he said.
“In that one season, he took them to second and third and we have seen Lachie Neale do the same thing for Brisbane.
“One player, an absolute jet like Kelly is, going into an already functioning footy club and a gun midfield that score from stoppage, I think that’s the biggest (difference) in the competition in 2020.”
The Eagles paid a big price to bring him through the door, giving up two first round picks, as well as selections 24 and 33.