Jake Kolodjashnij celebrates a goal during the R11 match between Geelong and GWS at GMHBA Stadium on May 25, 2024. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

OFF-CONTRACT Geelong defender Jake Kolodjashnij struggles to see himself anywhere else as he prepares to ink a new deal to keep him with the Cats.

Kolodjashnij will become a free agent at season's end should he not sign a new contract before then.

But the premiership player is more than content where he is, even as his home state, Tasmania, prepares to become the AFL's 19th club in 2028.

"I'm Geelong through and through; I've been here since I was a kid, slowly matured and started a family, so it'd be hard to pull up stumps and ship over to Tassie," Kolodjashnij said.

"It's a long time away too (until Tasmania joins the AFL), I don't know how the body will be (in 2028).

"But I'm loving my time at Geelong and I don't really see myself being anywhere else."


Despite pledging his loyalty to Geelong, Kolodjashnij admitted it was hard not to get caught up in the hype surrounding the Devils preparing to be part of the AFL.

"I haven't looked too far ahead apart from barracking for what they're doing," he said of the Tasmanian club.

"The memberships they're doing are pretty viral (the club passed 150,000 memberships sold in March), people jumping on board, so it's pretty exciting."


Geelong is attempting to bounce back from losing four straight matches - its worst winless streak in 14 seasons under coach Chris Scott.

The Cats host struggling Richmond on Saturday night, when they will also hope to end a two-game losing streak at GMHBA Stadium.

"We're going to really narrow our focus on the next two weeks and knuckle down at training and turn around those areas we've been lacking,”" Kolodjashnij said.

"It's probably little bits and pieces all over the ground (the Cats need to fix up)."