Yeah I’d be prepared to give up whatever picks they wanted from what we have at the moment, last year was sketchy as we’d only seen a years work. Probably start at our first and second and go from there.It really depends on how badly he/his family wants to come home. It's rare in the AFL that a player doesn't get to his destination and if the Eagles are offering both 2019 & 2020 first rounders the Cats would be hard pressed to say no as we get to the end of the trade period.
West Coast are a club that gets deals done so I have no doubt we'll get it done. As fans we might be disappointed with what we pay but I'd much rather pay in picks than Brander.
If something dramatic happens and he ends up in the draft another club (other than Freo) isn't going to jump on Kelly with his 4 kids if he goes in to the draft... it's not a great look and Kelly can opt to sit out for the year (unlikely but again it depends on the family situation).
Luke Ball is the last example I can think of and nobody touched him. He was staying in Melbourne and had significantly less baggage than Kelly (the only question mark was his knee and he didn't talk to any clubs other than the pies). He went for pick 30 and was part of the Pies premiership against the Saints.
I’d draw the line at giving up players (unless it was a 2018 draftee, as they were the picks we offered them anyway), because they’d be severely undervalued as part of the trade, ala JK. Pick 3 and 20 was the trade, JK was the cream.. and it’s pretty clear which of those turned out best. Not implying it’ll end up exactly the same as the Judd trade, but from that example it shows how overrated draft picks are, especially outside the top 10 as both our 2019 and 2020 firsts are likely to be.
I’d much rather “miss out” on a potential gun that was picked at 16, when its speculative whether we take that guy anyway (Wellingham trade for the pick that became Grundy comes to mind).. than trade out someone we wanted, developed and had plans for, who is looking like he’ll be quality.