Quinton Narkle and the Cats are in discussions about the 23-year-old’s future beyond 2021, however the midfielder is not expected to make a decision about his next contract until season’s end.
His manager Ralph Carr confirmed the in-form on-baller was in no rush to make a call, telling The Age a decision would be made “at season’s end” with the Cats also understood to be happy with where discussions sit.
Quinton Narkle and the Cats are in discussions about his future beyond 2021.Credit:Getty Images
Carr, who also manages star Richmond pair Dustin Martin and Shai Bolton, has shown a preparedness to wait until seasons end before his clients commit.
Narkle has been a strong performer in the midfield since returning to the team in round seven after playing one game in the first six rounds.
He was at his best in the two rounds before the bye, recording 34 disposals against the Suns in round 10 and stepping up to grab 25 disposals against Collingwood in round 11.
Carr is understood to have had a positive influence on Narkle’s approach this season.
The 23-year-old has played just 23 games since making his debut in 2018, with a knee reconstruction delaying his elevation.
His form increases the selection dilemmas facing the Cats, who could have star midfielders Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan, Mark O’Connor, and Cam Guthrie all available for the critical match against Port Adelaide on Thursday night.
Geelong announced they had re-signed defenders Jake Kolodjashnij and Tom Atkins, while negotiations are continuing with Guthrie who is an unrestricted free agent.
Guthrie is in superb form in 2021 after having a breakout year in 2020, when he won the club’s best and fairest and earned All-Australian selection.
Cats skipper Joel Selwood is also unsigned beyond 2021 but he is keen to go around again, which should be a formality given he is in outstanding form.
The Cats are in lockdown in Geelong, with Selwood saying about 50 per cent of the football department – including players – had moved into a hotel ahead of their match in Adelaide so they could comply with the South Australian health protocols while their family members went about their business.
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