Paul Chapman impatient with Geelong

Paul Chapman, right, with amigos Andrew Mackie and Jared Rivers at Geelong’s Wacky Wednesday. Photo: Pat ScalaGeelong forward Paul Chapman is growing increasingly impatient with his uncertain future and has urged the Cats to make a decision ”as soon as possible”.
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The 31-year-old is keen to stay at Geelong but will go elsewhere if an agreement cannot be reached with the Cats. He has not ruled out moving interstate should the right offer come along.

Chapman admits the idea of not being a one-club player ”really hurts” but says his desire to play on next year overrides any romantic notion of retiring as a Cats champion.

In limbo until Geelong completes it list review, Chapman said he and his pregnant partner wanted an answer from coach Chris Scott and the club so they could start planning the next stage of their lives.

”As I said to [Scotty], once you know, I need to know because whatever the future holds I need to start preparing as soon as possible,” he said. ”Hopefully it’s here, but who really knows? It’s all up in the air.”

Geelong has a number of key decisions to make on veteran players, including Chapman, defenders Corey Enright and Josh Hunt, midfielder Joel Corey and key forward James Podsiadly. Enright is considered likely to stay, but there is growing doubt over the other four.

Attempts to ascertain when the players would formally meet the club about their futures were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

Asked when his meeting with Geelong would be, Chapman replied: ”I have no idea, it’s a good question. I would like to know – let’s get it over and done with [and] whatever happens, happens.”

Asked whether he was disappointed he might not be a Cat for life, Chapman said: ”It hurts, it really does. I suppose you take a little bit for granted – you think things will just happen and roll on and then all of a sudden things like this get thrown at you.

”To be a one-club player would be awesome, will be awesome, but to play for another club … I’m not saying that may not happen if things don’t work out here.”

Richmond and North Melbourne have emerged as potential perfect fits should the Cats say no to Chapman. However, the former Norm Smith medallist said he did not know whether his manager, Liam Pickering, had fielded any offers from rival clubs.

”Hopefully there are a few out there, though,” he added.

Chapman is confident he would have an impact for whoever signs him. ”Injury has hurt me this year. I do think I’ve got a lot to give but I don’t really need to sell myself too hard, either.

”I know what I can do and I’m confident of that, so hopefully Geelong or someone is as well.

”The fire still burns and I still want to be more successful than what I’ve been.”

Chapman played only eight games this season because of an ongoing hamstring issue.

He has been buoyed by the comebacks of veterans such as Luke Hodge, Luke Ball and Lenny Hayes, who missed large chunks of recent seasons only to return the next year revitalised.

Chapman said he hoped his body was the only issue Geelong was grappling with.

”I suppose when I do play, I play well. So just me getting on the park, I would assume, would be the issue from their point of view. But who really knows?”

Playing for an interstate club is not out of the question but would present challenges.

”There are plenty of things to work out first and my partner has a lot to do with that, as well as her being pregnant obviously,” he said. ”We just need to get this meeting over and done with, with Scotty, and see where I stand in their eyes and then work from there.”

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