Geelong has decided not to offer utility Darcy Lang a new deal as the Cats clear space for an end-of-season raid on prized rival players.
Lang, pick No.16 in the 2013 national draft, has been told the Cats will not re-sign him following a season dogged by injury.
Lang fractured his fibula in Round 14 against Fremantle - his last AFL match for the year.
The 21-year-old has played just 39 games since debuting in 2014.
But ESPN understands Lang's career could be revived through another club.
The Cats are expected to be active players during the trade period, with the club eyeing a romantic return of Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett, as well as securing maligned forwards Jake Stringer and Devon Smith from the Western Bulldogs and GWS, respectively.
Ablett, who has a year remaining on his deal with Gold Coast, has given the Suns an ultimatum to release him from his contract or he'll retire.
But the Suns, who are in the midst of recruiting a new senior coach, could be lured to do a deal with the Cats to rejuvenate their list.
The Cats hope to bring their favourite son home, as well as luring out-of-favour star Stringer to Kardinia Park.
Stringer, who's had a year plagued with personal issues off field, could be a perfect fit in the Cats' forward line.