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Saturday, March 9, 2019

WA stud Jordan Clark in line for contract extension before likely round one debut at Geelong

Former Claremont junior star Jordan Clark could be set for a round one debut for Geelong on the big stage against Collingwood, and a two-year contract extension before he has even played a game after an impressive JLT Community Series.
Clark followed his spectacular first-up effort against West Coast at Leederville Oval last Friday with a solid performance in the Cats’ impressive win against flag contenders Essendon at Geelong on Thursday night.
It has him firmly in the frame for the blockbuster clash with the Magpies, last year’s beaten grand finalists, on Friday, March 22.
And The Weekend West can reveal that his management has already held preliminary talks with Geelong about the prospect of committing to the club until the end of the 2022 season, heading off any advances from the two WA clubs to bring him home.
Clark is committed to the Cats for the 2019 and 2020 seasons after they pounced on the dashing half-back with their first pick at the national draft last year.
It is believed talks were held with Clark, his manager and his family in Perth last week. A deal could be signed before the season starts.
Cats assistant coach Matthew Knights was glowing in his praise of Clark after the 18-year-old amassed 21 disposals against the Eagles, which included a brave first-quarter intercept mark and a second-quarter screamer climbing up the back of a pack in defence.
“He was super. He defended really well in the air and managed to spoil in situations where he was out of it,” Knights said.
“Some of his dash and leg speed off half-back was really exciting for all of us.
“He’s gone about his work diligently in the pre-season but, a bit like Tim Kelly last year, from his first couple of sessions we thought ‘well hang on here, this is a young man who is going to be pressing from round one’.
“I’m not the coach, but I would (play him round one).”
Fellow assistant coach Nigel Lappin confirmed that both Clark and another youngster, Charlie Constable, would press for round one berths in the wake of the win against the Bombers.
Clark’s opportunity could be increased by injuries to defenders Jed Bews and Zach Tuohy.
Lappin said Bews was unlikely and Tuohy would definitely miss the season opener.
“Our young guys bring that energy and excitement to the team early in the year and we are really looking forward to that,” Lappin said.
“Jordan Clark has been terrific. He is a fantastic young man firstly and we are really excited to have him on our list.
“He just plays on instinct and his instincts are really good.”