Patrick Dangerfield shakes hands with Geelong coach Chris Scott after his trade to the Cats.
Patrick Dangerfield shakes hands with Geelong coach Chris Scott after his trade to the Cats. GETTY IMAGES

Geelong gets its man as Dangerfield moves to Cats

AFL: Geelong has set the early pace in the AFL trade period, completing the deal to get superstar Patrick Dangerfield to the club in exchange for two draft selections and an untried first year player.

The Cats gave Adelaide picks nine and 28, as well as youngster Dean Gore who taken at selection No.55 in last year's draft but didn't play a senior game last season.

Dangerfield grew up just down the road from Geelong's home ground and said he was thrilled to be heading home.

"I grew up standing on a milk crate ... watching Buddha (Garry) Hocking and Petter Riccardi," he said.

"I'm certainly glad I've made the decision I have. This combines the two things I love ... family and footy."

Despite losing their marquee player, Adelaide's head of football David Noble said he was satisfied the deal was the "best possible outcome" for his club.

"Securing picks nine and 28 allows us to add some more quality talent to our playing list, while Dean is a young man who has the makings of a long-term player," Noble said.

The Cats also secured West Coast midfielder Scott Selwood - the brother of captain Joel Selwood - as a free agent after the Eagles elected not to match Geelong's offer for the 25-year-old.

The Eagles will get a compensation pick for the former club best-and-fairest winner, probably a second-round selection.

The Cats will now turn their attention to securing Gold Coast ruckman Zac Smith and Carlton swingman Lachie Henderson after both identified Geelong as their preferred destination.

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