Cobden export Gary Rohan’s wish to return home to Victoria has been granted in the AFL trade period.
The pacy forward was traded from the Sydney Swans to Geelong on Wednesday morning. The Swans received pick 61 from the Cats in exchange for the 27-year-old, which they used to secure 21-year-old midfielder Ryan Clarke from North Melbourne.
Rohan was reported last month in a club statement that he was seeking to return home and had been linked with a move to Geelong.
“It’s a great club, I’ve made friends I’ll have for a lifetime and the support from all coaches, staff and my teammates over the years has been unbelievable,” Rohan said in the club statement in September.
“I’ve got a young family now and it’ll be really important for my family to be closer to home.”
Rohan, who was drafted to the Harbour city from Geelong Falcons with pick 6 in the 2009 National Draft, played 109 games for the Swans and kicked 96 goals in what has been an injury-riddled career.
The Cats have secured Western Bulldogs premiership player Luke Dahlhaus, South Adelaide forward Nathan Kreuger and Rohan in the opening days of the AFL’s trade and free agency period.
The club was pleased to sign the speedster on a two-year deal.
“We welcome Gary and his family to our club and are excited to have been able to secure his services,” Geelong’s recruiting and list manager Stephen Wells said.