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Monday, July 16, 2018

Tim Kelly admits life in Geelong has been ‘challenging’

Geelong first-year midfielder Tim Kelly says he’s not looking to rush into signing a contract extension with the Cats, admitting living away from his family in Western Australia has been “challenging.”
Kelly has been a revelation in his first season in the hoops since joining Geelong at pick No.24 in last year’s draft.
But the South Fremantle product is yet to extend his contract, which runs through to the end of 2019, and has dealt with some issues moving his young family, partner Caitlin Miller and their three young sons, away from their family support network in Perth.
“The truth is it definitely is challenging,” he told 7 News Perth.
“We have our good and our bad days, but we’re getting by and we’re enjoying our lives that we have in Geelong.”
He said a decision on his next contract, with Fremantle and West Coast both circling, would be difficult.
“It’s a hard one to say, me and Caitlin have to sit down and talk through some things. I’m not saying one or the other,” he said.
Kelly has at times been linked to a return to WA, either in this year’s trade period or when his contract runs out next year.
Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe said he would “love” to have Kelly at the Dockers.
“I think Tim Kelly, with Brad and Stephen Hill, looks pretty nice,” Fyfe said on Fox Footy.
“It’s hard to comment on speculation in this situation. I’ve been through this as well.”
The 23-year-old has played every game this season after making his AFL debut in round one, averaging 22.4 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 5.9 score involvements, 4.6 clearances and just under a goal a game so far.