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Kelly's manager in Geelong as eager Cats seek new deal

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IN-DEMAND Cat Tim Kelly's Perth-based manager Anthony Van Der Wielen spent the weekend in Geelong and met with club officials on Monday, but no decision on the midfielder's future is imminent. 

The meeting was unrelated to Cats chief executive Brian Cook's comments a day earlier that they would push for a decision on Kelly's future before the end of the season.

The 24-year-old remains in a three-way tug-of-war between Geelong and suitors West Coast and Fremantle, after the Eagles fell short despite making a big play for him last year.

AFL.com.au revealed in March that the Dockers were in contention for Kelly's services after being left out of negotiations only five months earlier. 

Interest in Kelly has only heightened this season, with the midfielder enjoying an outstanding start that has seen him often become the opposition's No.1 tagging target. 

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"We're not waiting until the end of the year, because we'd love a decision before then," Cook told Geelong-based radio station K Rock of Kelly. 

"We're in constant dialogue. We're in weekly dialogue, I think, with his manager, and we're very determined to give it our best shot to keep him.

"Whether that's good enough, who knows? 

"We'll know sometime during the year – hopefully not at the end of the year. We'd like to (re-sign Kelly) before then."

Van Der Wielen was comfortable with Cook's strong stance when he spoke to AFL.com.au on Monday, but said Kelly was still some way from making a decision on where he would play long term. 

"Brian's a strong CEO and he needs to let his members and supporters know where they're at – and that they're not just sitting back and waiting," Van der Wielen said. 

"We've been in constant dialogue with Geelong since the day Tim was drafted and I have a good relationship with the guys at the club (Simon Lloyd and Stephen Wells). 

"We understand they're very interested in Tim staying – that's no surprise to us – but that doesn't mean anything's changed. 

"It's way too early for us to make a call as to what we're doing next. 

"We'll continue to talk to Geelong, but he's a player in demand and I know for a fact both Perth clubs are interested in him if he decides to come home." 

Kelly and his partner Caitlin's biggest challenge in living away from Western Australia has been raising their three young children, Tykeem and twins Tariq and Trey. 

One of Kelly's cousins is temporarily living with them to help support Caitlin, while the Cats are doing all they can to help within the AFL's restrictions.