Our next lot of 2017 team previews are, Geelong, Gold Coast, GWS, Hawthorm, Melbourne and North Melbourne.
We look at the Ins and the Outs, their Best Lineup for 2017 and key players who have an important role in 2017.
Aaron Black, Tom Ruggles (rookie upgrade), Zach Tuohy, Brandon Parfitt (pick 26), Tom Stewart (40), Esava Ratugolea (43), Quinton Narkle (60), Timm House (68), Ryan Abbott (69), Jack Henry (rookie), Zach Guthrie (rookie), Jamaine Jones (rookie), Sam Simpson (rookie).
Corey Enright (retired), Jimmy Bartel (retired), Mitch Clark (delisted), Zac Bates (delisted), Cameron Delaney (delisted), Padraig Lucey (delisted), Tom Read (delisted), Jock Cornell (delisted), Michael Luxford (delisted), Shane Kersten (traded – Fremantle), Billie Smedts (traded – Carlton), Josh Caddy (traded – Richmond), Nathan Vardy (traded – West Coast)
GEELONG BEST 25 FOR 2017
B: Lachie Henderson, Tom Lonergan, Jackson Thurlow
HB: Zach Tuohy, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie
C: Cam Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF: Daniel Menzel, Aaron Black, Steven Motlop
F: Nakia Cockatoo, Tom Hawkins, Lincoln McCarthy
FOLL: Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Selwood
I/C: Tom Stewart, Jed Bews, Darcy Lang, Sam Menegola
EMG: Jordan Murdoch, Cory Gregson, Mark Blicavs
THE GUN – Patrick Dangerfield
The 2016 Brownlow medalist was just sensational in 2016. He finally took his game to the next level and entered the elite of the competition. Expect a lot of the same in 2017 as he dominates the competition once again.
MAKE OR BREAK – Rhys Stanley
Rhys is a player who has promised to deliver for 5 years now but just keeps throwing up below average numbers, season after season. Zac Smith will be there number 1 ruckman in 2017 and Rhys will be resigned to the FWD/RCK role.
FORGOTTEN WARRIOR – Scott Selwood
The forgotten Selwood looks like he is finally over his injuries and ready to produce a full season. Only played 3 regular season games last year but is now fully fit and could discover the form he had whilst with West Coast and was considered a top line midfielder. Expect a big year from Scott this year, Cats fans Should be excited
COMEBACK PLAYER – Jackson Thurlow
There was big wraps on the 2012 first round pick last year before his season ending knee injury. I expect to see him come back bigger and stronger and look to cement his spot across the half back line. The Cats will be screaming out for someone to step in to the shoes left vacant by Corey Enright and Jackson can certainly do this.
PRE-SEASON WATCH – Steven Motlop
Steven admitted after the 2016 season that he returned to pre season out of shape and that if he wanted to get back to a high standard he would need to put the work in. This off season he has put that work in and is burning up the track. Expect to see Steven spend a lot more time in the midfield rotation this year and rediscover his form.
NEW RECRUIT – Thomas Stewart
This mature age recruit will be hoping his time spent in the Geelong VFL team with fast track his transition to the AFL side. He is an attacking defender who likes to run and carry the football. The Geelong back line is starting to age and will need to transition to the next generation over the next few years.
2017 Crystal Ball – Ladder Prediction
18 Wins – 4 Losses.
Geelong has done an outstanding job with their free agency recruiting and selective drafting. This will ensure that they remain around the mark for a few more years. They continue to identify needs and target mature players to fill the void. Zach Touhy is a perfect example of this. The only question mark surrounding the Cats is the ability to support Tom Hawkins up forward.