Geelong’s WA youngsters Jordan Clark, Quinton Narkle ‘left frustrated by lack of opportunity’

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Jordan Clark reportedly wants to return home to WA.
Camera IconJordan Clark reportedly wants to return home to WA. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

Geelong’s preliminary final pain could be about to get a whole lot worse, with a rising youngster linked with a return home to Fremantle.

Journalist Jon Ralph said a host of young players, including WA’s Jordan Clark and Quinton Narkle, were left frustrated by their lack of opportunity as coach Chris Scott backed in his ageing stars in 2021.

Clark, in particular, reportedly wants to return home to play for Fremantle.

“Jordan Clark (is) keen to head home for a lack of opportunities back to Perth, likely Fremantle,” Ralph reported.

“Quinton Narkle would consider offers elsewhere, he was only an emergency (on Friday night).

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“Charlie Constable just desperate to play elsewhere, he’s too good for VFL. And swingman Nathan Krueger is being courted by Collingwood again.

“They clearly are going to compete in some way next year, but it’s almost impossible to make the case that they will be better.”

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood outside the team hotel on Saturday morning.
Camera IconGeelong skipper Joel Selwood outside the team hotel on Saturday morning. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The Sunday Times

Clark, who remains contracted at the Cats until the end of 2022, played just 11 games this season – three of those as the medical sub.

The out-of-contract Narkle, a former Perth junior, played in just 12 games for the Cats.

Narkle and his manager Ralph Carr, who has the likes of Dustin Martin, Shai Bolton and Daniel Rioli on his books, reportedly wanted to wait until the season’s end before contract talks began.

Cats list manager Stephen Wells said the club had “absolutely no regrets” about electing to top-up ageing players to keep the club in a premiership window – rather than go to the draft and play the youngsters.

“We’re just trying to give ourselves the best chance of winning our next premiership,” he said on SEN this week.

“I have no regrets about what we’ve done in the past about bringing in players who can try and help us win our next premiership.

“Topping up and bringing in high quality talent, we have no regrets about that.”

Quinton Narkle could be on the move.
Camera IconQuinton Narkle could be on the move. Credit: Steve Bell/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

Wells encouraged youngsters like Narkle and Clark to stay in Geelong, believing their time would come.

“Hopefully if they hang around long enough, they’ll get their chances,” he said.

“The young guys, even though they aren’t playing senior footy every week, they are getting the opportunity to train and learn from some players who have been outstanding players, champion players, of our club for a long time.

“Our circumstances at the moment, some of those young players have had to wait … We want to convince them there will be opportunities down the track.”

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