For the second off-season in a row, Ratugolea has requested a trade to Port.
But this time the defender is out of contract and cannot be forced to stay with the Cats.
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Geelong coach Chris Scott launched his first counter to Ratugolea’s desire to leave this week, plugging his relationship with the 75-gamer.
“It’s a really tough one for me. I feel like our club has invested a hell of a lot in Esava – and personally, I’m really invested in the guy,” he told AFL 360.
“I’m still hopeful that his future is at Geelong. He’s played a lot of games for us when he probably wasn’t ready, and…