Kelly an Eagle after Cats accept picks

Geelong have landed a swag of draft picks from West Coast in return for star midfielder Tim Kelly in a blockbuster AFL trade finalised on Wednesday.

The Cats will receive selections 14, 24 and 37 in this year's draft and the Eagles' first-round pick in the 2020 draft in return for Kelly, Geelong's pick 57 this year and a third-round selection in 2020.

The complex deal also involved Essendon, who swapped two mid-round picks at this year's draft to help facilitate the first official transaction of this year's trade period.

"The selections we have secured will give us the best opportunity to add high-end talent to our list in the upcoming national draft," Cats recruiting manager Stephen Wells said.

"We thank Tim for his two years with us and wish him well in the future, both in his football career and his family.

"Tim was obviously an exceptional player for us, but we are excited by the possibilities the draft picks we have secured offer us."

Kelly joined Geelong as a 23-year-old in the second round of the 2017 draft and went on to play 48 games in two stellar seasons where he finished runner-up in the best-and-fairest count in both years.

The prolific onballer was also named in this year's All-Australian team and finished fifth in the Brownlow Medal count.

Kelly's attempt to move his young family back to his native Western Australia last year came up short when the Eagles and Cats couldn't agree on a trade.

Despite Geelong's best efforts to provide the support he required, Kelly declined to sign a contract extension and handed in a trade request after the Cats' season ended in a preliminary final loss to Richmond.

The 25-year-old, who has signed a six-year deal with West Coast, provides a significant boost to a midfield that already boasts stars Nic Naitanui, Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo and Luke Shuey.

"We are delighted that we have been able to secure Tim because we believe he is a unique talent and a high quality person," Eagles football boss Craig Vozzo said.

"His first two seasons in the AFL have been quite extraordinary and probably as good as any player in recent history.

"When Tim nominated our club as his club of choice we were committed to securing his services and so we are thrilled the deal has been done.

"We have paid a premium for his services, but he is an elite player who is about to enter his prime years."