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Selwood a Cat as Eagles opt not to match offer

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WEST Coast's hopes of receiving a first-round compensation pick for losing free agent Scott Selwood to Geelong have been dashed.

The AFL advised that the Eagles would be in line to receive a second-round draft pick – currently No.37 – after they decided not to match the Cats' offer for the restricted free agent.

Selwood, who was the the Eagles' vice-captain, will now join his older brother, Joel, at the Cats following 135 games and a best and fairest win at the Eagles.

The League confirmed West Coast's provisional compensation pick on Monday evening.

"(The) AFL has advised West Coast that based on Selwood's age and Geelong's contract offer, (the) club will receive a round two compensation pick – currently pick 37," AFL spokesman Patrick Keane tweeted.

However, clubs with a net loss of free agents will only receive final confirmation of their compensation picks when the free agency window closes.

As it stands, West Coast will receive the compensation pick for losing one of its vice-captains given it did not match the Cats' contract offer.

That could change if the Eagles recruit any free agents as the trade period progresses.

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Earlier on Monday, West Coast football manager Craig Vozzo told NAB AFL Trade Radio the club would be satisfied with an end-of-first round compensation selection.

"Our strong view is that Scott should be worth a pick after our first-round pick (currently No.17), which is at the back of that first round," Vozzo said.

Selwood was selected with pick No.22 in the 2007 national draft and joins the club on the same day star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield became a Cat. 

Vozzo said that the club had opted to not stand in the way of Selwood.

"I can confirm that we won't be matching and we wish Scott all the very best with his pursuits at Geelong," he said.

"Scott has been a terrific servant of our footy club and we were really keen to retain him, but we understand the reasons for his decision.

"And while we're very disappointed, we wish him all the best with his future endeavours down at Geelong."

Selwood said he was thrilled to be returning to his home state and thanked the Eagles for their support.

"West Coast has been a great football club to have been a part of over the past eight years, they gave me my first opportunity and I’ll always be grateful," Selwood said in a statement.

"I'm really excited to be joining Geelong, I'm looking forward to being back among family and friends in Victoria and hope I can be part of something special at the Cats."

West Coast will now receive a draft pick as compensation for losing one of its vice-captains given it did not match the Cats' contract offer.

Vozzo said an end-of-first round compensation selection would satisfy the Eagles.

"Our strong view is that Scott should be worth a pick after our first-round pick (currently No.17), which is at the back of that first round," he said.

The 186cm onballer had surgery on his troublesome ankle in June last year, which ruled him out for 10 matches, and was restricted to just 25 games over the past two years following persistent ankle concerns.

Selwood was selected with pick No.22 in the 2007 national draft and joins the club on the same day star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield became a Cat.

Meanwhile, Vozzo confirmed the Sydney Swans had shown "significant interest" in luring contracted West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair to the harbour city.

He added the Eagles would become more engaged in potential trade discussions if they received a significant offer for the 200cm tall target.

"We've planned to retain Cal on our list … and he's been an important part of our team this year," he said.

"I think there's still a fair bit of water to pass under that bridge and we'll see how things evolve."

Vozzo said the Eagles had also held "productive discussions" with the Brisbane Lions about the prospect to snaring 24-year-old midfielder Jack Redden.

"We're keen to get him to our club, we understand he's contracted as well and Brisbane has to do what's right for its footy club," he said.

"We're hopeful but we're working through that situation with them and we'll see what the next few days bring."