Taylor Hunt emerged last season as a strong tagger. Photo: Joe Armao
Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.
Hunt, who has not played in recent weeks due to groin soreness, has managed just the seven senior matches this season, and none since round nine.
Hunt's manager Anthony McConville said he would meet with the Cats once the season was complete.
"We won't have those discussions until the end of the year with Geelong. We will sit down then," he said. "There haven't been any discussions."
The Cats recently increased Hunt's training load but he continues to suffer from groin soreness. He has been listed as returning in one or two weeks.
Hunt emerged early last season as a strong tagger and kicked three goals while assigned to Carlton's Marc Murphy in round three. However, he struggled to have as great an impact after he missed five matches because of a shoulder injury and finished the year as an emergency in the preliminary final loss to the Hawks.
There was speculation during last year's trade period that Hunt was looking for greater opportunities, but this was quashed by his management.
McConville said Hunt, a third-round selection in the 2008 draft, had plenty to offer the Cats, or any team.
"He can play the dual role as a small defender, running half-back or run-with midfielder. He has got that ability to play those roles, as well as the wing, so he can play a variety of roles," he said.
Hunt joins the likes of Melbourne's James Frawley, Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins and Carlton's Mitch Robinson who have parked serious discussions with their clubs until the end of the season. Blue Jarrad Waite and Sydney's Nick Malceski also appear likely to wait until then as well. Waite, Higgins, Frawley and Malceski are unrestricted free agents.
Speedy Essendon small forward Leroy Jetta appears destined for a new home unless James Hird, who will turn his focus to next year's list when his suspension ends on August 25, suggests otherwise.
It's understood contract discussions with Jetta's management have not progressed for months. He has steadily lost the support of the Bombers in the past two years. Having managed 21 senior games in 2012, he appeared in eight last year and only two this season, against Fremantle in round four and St Kilda in round five. The Bombers lost both games.
McConville is also attempting to broker a new deal for Collingwood utility Tyson Goldsack. The two parties are at odds over finances and the length of the deal.
"That's back now with Collingwood. We'll have more discussions in the next few weeks, I am sure," McConville said.