Paul Chapman and Josh Hunt. Photo: Getty Images
There are now three veteran Geelong premiership players available for rival clubs willing to take a chance after Paul Chapman and James Podsiadly joined Josh Hunt in parting ways with the Cats.
Geelong released separate statements on Thursday, one revealing Podsiadly would not be offered another contract and another saying Chapman would "explore other opportunities" after meeting with club officials.
The Cats also have decisions to make on Joel Corey, 31, and Corey Enright, 32. Enright is expected to play on.
The announcements came hours before captain Joel Selwood was crowned the club's "Carji" Greeves medallist for 2013, polling 323 votes to edge out fellow All-Australians Harry Taylor (311) and Andrew Mackie (308).
Mathew Stokes (307), Steven Motlop (306) and Enright (303) came in just behind the top three.
Selwood's award capped off a sensational season. He was not only named captain of the All-Australian team, he also finished runner-up in the Brownlow Medal and was voted the AFL's best captain by his peers.
Selwood, who kicked a career-best 30 goals this season, also won the Cats' best and fairest award in 2010 and becomes the 23rd player to win the Greeves medal multiple times.
Chapman has repeatedly made clear his desire to play on, however it was not until Thursday that Podsiadly revealed that he would be prepared to extend his career at another club.
"I'm exploring further playing opportunities," Podsiadly said.
"I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity Geelong gave me to play at the elite level, and to be a part of the ultimate success as a player is something I'll never forget."
Podsiadly, now an unrestricted free agent, played 83 games and kicked 169 goals for Geelong, having emerged as the club's leading goalkicker during its 2011 premiership campaign.
Chapman's manager, Liam Pickering, said on Thursday he expects to find the triple premiership player and 2009 Norm Smith medallist a new home, saying "he's too good a footballer not to".
"I've got a couple [of clubs] that I've been talking to," Pickering told AFL Trade Radio, although he would not say which clubs were interested in the small forward.
Pickering claimed there had been a petition circulating to "Keep Chappy at Geelong" with "10,000 signatures".
It would seem any club looking to launch a premiership challenge would be interested in Chapman, who is also an unrestricted free agent, on the right terms.
Geelong coach Chris Scott on Thursday lauded Chapman's tenure at the club, which spanned 14 seasons, 251 games and included 336 goals.
"The history of Geelong Football Club will not be able to be written without a huge chapter focusing on Chappy's contribution," Scott said. "Chappy will go down as a legend of this club.
"He has decided that he would like to extend his career and we wish him well. No doubt he will bring his passion whenever he plays against us, as he should.
"He will always be remembered as a Geelong icon."
CARJI GREEVES MEDAL
■ Joel Selwood – 323
■ HarryTaylor – 311
■ Andrew Mackie – 308
■ Mathew Stokes – 307
■ Steven Motlop – 306
■ Corey Enright – 303
■ Jimmy Bartel – 298
■ Allen Christensen – 296
■ MitchDuncan – 290
■ Tom Lonergan – 281
■ Best young player: Mark Blicavs
■ Coach’s award: StevenMotlop
■ Community champion: Mathew Stokes
■ VFL best & fairest: Mark Corrigan
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Lance Franklin (Sydney)
Pending AFL approval, the Hawk forward will sign a contract worth about $10 million over nine years in a deal no one, including GWS, saw coming.
Dale Thomas (Carlton)
Set to join Carlton on a four-year agreement at nearly $700,000 a season, an offer the Pies are highly unlikely to match.
Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
Carlton forward expected to receive a four-year offer of about $2m from the Crows.
Colin Sylvia (Fremantle)
The Demon No.3 draft pick to join Ross Lyon’s pursuit of a premiership.
Shane Mumford (GSW)
Sydney ruckman will accept a three-year deal with Giants.
ONES TO WATCH
Stewart Crameri (Essendon)
Bombers’ leading goal-kicker looks sure to join the Western Bulldogs on a four-year deal on a salary way bigger than Essendon was prepared to pay.
Heath Shaw (Collingwood)
Has one foot out the door after both club and player decided to split. Geelong and GWS among a host of clubs interested in the feisty defender.
Jesse White (Sydney)
Out of contract and Sydney is resigned to losing him. Collingwood seems his most likely destination.
Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda)
North Melbourne believes it is closing in.
Taylor Adams (GWS)
Has five Victorian clubs after him, although there is more money to keep him now that Franklin is out of the Giants picture.
Billy Longer (Brisbane Lions)
With Shane Mumford off to GWS, Hawthorn is expected to seek a trade for the emerging ruckman.
Shaun Hampson (Carlton)
Richmond wants a ruck-forward and will meet with the under-used big man. A deal would require fair compensation as he is contracted for 2014.
Paul Chapman (Geelong)
His time is up with the Cats but desperate to play on.
James Podsiadly (Geelong)
Veteran forward says he will put his services as a proven goal-kicker on offer.
Josh Hunt (Geelong)
Another premiership Cat shown the door but not ready to quit just yet.
Joel Corey (Geelong)
Expected to part ways with the club on his own terms shortly.
Corey Enright (Geelong)
Expected to play for a 14th season.
Matt White (Richmond)
Has told the club he wants to leave and Port Adelaide appears to have landed him.
Alan Didak (Collingwood)
Not ready to retiree and would field offers.
Xavier Ellis (Hawthorn)
Adelaide and Fremantle has shown some interest.
Leigh Montagna (St Kilda)
Saints say he and Nick Riewoldt are “untouchable”, but who knows after what we saw with Franklin.
OTHER UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (may automatically move to the club of player's choice)
Simon Black (Brisbane Lions), Jonathan Brown (Brisbane Lions), Heath Scotland (Carlton), Michael Osborne (Hawthorn), Matt Thomas (Port Adelaide), Luke McGuane (Richmond), Dylan Addison (Western Bulldogs), Daniel Cross (Western Bulldogs)
OTHERS ON THE MOVE?
Patrick Karnezis, Sam Docherty, Jared Polec, Elliot Yeo (All Brisbane Lions)