GEELONG would have been hoping West Coast's miserable stint at the Gold Coast hub extended a little longer.
The Cats are barracking for an Eagles decline this year, with Geelong holding West Coast's first draft pick for 2020 after last year's deal to land Tim Kelly.
>> SEE THE FIRST-ROUND INDICATIVE DRAFT ORDER BELOW
After the Eagles' three poor losses in Queensland since the season restart, that pick is currently positioned at No.3 in the draft order.
Geelong hasn't used a single-digit pick since it drafted Joel Selwood in 2006, but also holds pick No.11 this year after a future swap with Gold Coast for their fixed mid-first round pick for 2020.
The Cats have their own first-round pick as well (currently No.14), leaving them with the strongest hand at the top of this year's pool.
West Coast has two more games in Queensland – this week's clash with Sydney which was scheduled on Monday, and next week's meeting with fellow struggling hub tenant Adelaide – before it heads back to Perth for its round seven derby meeting with Fremantle.
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The Eagles sent a package of draft picks, including a first and second-round pick last year and their 2020 year's first-round selection, in a mega-deal to secure brilliant midfielder Kelly at the end of last season.
Adelaide, who is slumped on the bottom of the ladder after four rounds, has also bought into this year's draft as it holds Greater Western Sydney's first-round pick as well as its own top choice.
Brisbane is in a strong position for another influx of talent with two first round picks this year – its own and Port Adelaide's – while North Melbourne is the other club with two first-round selections as it traded in Melbourne's first choice for 2020.
Currently both of those picks sit inside the top 10.
FIRST-ROUND INDICATIVE DRAFT ORDER
3. Geelong (tied to West Coast's pick)
4. North Melbourne (tied to Melbourne's pick)
6. Western Bulldogs
10. North Melbourne
11. Geelong (Gold Coast's on-traded mid-first round priority pick)
13. St Kilda
18. Gold Coast
19. Brisbane (tied to Port Adelaide)