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2018 VFL List

50. Daniel Capiron

Height: 189cm

Weight: 86kg

DOB: 14 June 1996

VFL Matches: 36

Recruited From: Frankston (VFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St Joseph’s (GFL)

Profile:

Daniel Capiron joined the Cats prior to season 2017 and had an immediate impact on the side. The medium sized defender played all 18 games and was one of the Cats’ most consistent players. Capiron finished fourth in the VFL Cats Best & Fairest and was arguably the side’s best first year player. The former Frankston star is a strong overhead mark and will be a regular feature in the Geelong backline in 2018.

 

51. James Tsitas

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Height: 181cm

Weight: 85kg

DOB: 3 March 1995

VFL Matches: 62

Recruited From: North Ballarat (VFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Grovedale (GFL)

Profile:

James Tsitas was at his brilliant best in 2017, putting together an outstanding season that saw him claim the VFL Cats’ Best & Fairest award along with VFL Team of the Year honours. Tsitas was as consistent as they come, playing a scintillating brand of football in both midfield and half-back roles throughout the season. The Grovedale product led by example last season and will be an integral part of the Cats’ leadership team in 2018.

 

52. Nathan Horbury

Height: 179cm

Weight: 76kg

DOB: 11 September 1991

VFL Matches: 35

Recruited From: Redan (BFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Redan (BFL)

Profile:

Former North Ballarat Rooster Nathan Horbury is set for his second VFL stint and will be a handy signing for the Cats. Horbury joins the side after a dominant season for BFL club Redan in which he claimed the league’s best and fairest award. The 26-year-old is a quality user of the ball and can play both inside and outside roles.

 

53. Jordan Keras

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Height: 181cm

Weight: 83kg

DOB: 7 December 1993

VFL Matches: 15

Recruited From: Southport (NEAFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Joseph’s (GFL)

Profile:

Jordan Keras returns to VFL football after two years playing in the NEAFL for Southport. After playing a handful of matches for both Werribee and Footscray, Keras moved to Queensland and had immediate impact in the state’s competition. The inside midfielder took his game to new heights in 2017, playing a scintillating brand of football and taking out the NEAFL MVP. Since joining the Cats, the 24-year-old has already made a significant impact on the development of younger players and was voted into the player leadership group.

 

54. Sam Siggins

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Height: 196cm

Weight: 93kg

DOB: 20 March 1994

Recruited From: Clarence (Tasmania)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Originally drafted to the Adelaide Crows out of Tasmania, Sam Siggins spent three season on the Crows’ list before returning to his home state in 2015. The key position player most recently played for Tasmanian State League Club Clarence and had a strong year, finishing second in the league best and fairest race. Siggins’s versatility is his strength with an ability to play at both ends of the ground or even pinch-hit in the ruck. With the VFL team often changing, the 24-year-old swingman will prove to be a handy recruit in 2018.

 

55. Luke Kiel

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Height: 181cm

Weight: 81kg

DOB: 24 September 1990

VFL Matches: 83

Recruited From: North Ballarat (VFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Bell Park (GFL)

Profile:

Luke Kiel joins the Cats after captaining the North Ballarat Roosters for the past two seasons. The 27-year-old brings outstanding leadership qualities to the Cats and with a host of youngsters on the list, Kiel will be able to use his experience in the competition to nurture and lead his teammates. The inside midfielder played 83 games with the Roosters over a six-year period and claimed two club best and fairest awards.

 

56. Ben Reid

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Height: 184cm

Weight: 75kg

DOB: 5 September 1992

VFL Matches: 18

Recruited From: Echuca (GVFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Echuca (GVFL)

Profile:

The younger brother of GWS’ Sam Reid, Ben had an incredible first season with the VFL Cats in 2017. After starting the year playing a variety of roles, Reid settled into a half back position and cemented himself in the best 22. The 25-year-old went on to play every game and was rewarded with a podium finish in the Cats’ Best & Fairest. Reid was one of the most consistent players on the VFL list last season and lead by example each week. The former Echuca defender was named in the Cats’ leadership group for 2018.

 

57. Mitch Diamond

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Height: 180cm

Weight: 75kg

DOB: 19 November 1998

Recruited From: Newtown & Chilwell (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Newtown & Chilwell (GFL)

Profile:

Another new Cat in the 2018 squad, Mitch Diamond earned his place on the list after a strong season with GFL club Newtown & Chilwell. Following a stellar junior career at the Geelong Falcons, Diamond played 18 games in his first year of senior football at Newtown. The half-back flanker is a ferocious tackler, uses the ball well and was amongst the Eagles’ best players on eight occasions. Diamond is also a two-time ACC premiership player with St. Joseph’s College.

 

58. Luke Hillman

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Height: 190cm

Weight: 77kg

DOB: 12 August 1994

Recruited From: Colac (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Colac (GFL)

Profile:

Tall forward Luke Hillman joins the Cats after a breakout season for GFL club Colac. Hillman was a big factor in the Tigers’ preliminary final run after kicking 66 goals from 21 games. The big tally earned Hillman a second-place finish on the GFL goal kicking table. Hillman is a strong overhead mark and has the ability to fly above opponents shoulders to pull down big grabs. 

 

59. Aiden Domic

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Height: 185cm

Weight: 82kg

DOB: 16 July 1999

Recruited From: GWV Rebels (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: (Bell Park)

Profile:

Youngster Aiden Domic is another new signing by the Cats and joins on the back of a strong season with the Rebels in the TAC Cup. Domic finished second in his side’s best and fairest count and was touted as an AFL draft prospect. He tested extremely well at the draft combine and has a strong fitness base.

 

62. Campbell Floyd

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Height: 186cm

Weight: 72kg

DOB: 12 July 1996

VFL Matches: 9

Recruited From: Colac (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Colac (GFL)

Profile:

After only three matches with the Geelong VFL side in 2016, Campbell Floyd continued to build in 2017 and suited up for the Cats six times. The hard-nosed defender impressed with his attack on the ball and ability to win one-on-one contests against taller defenders. Floyd had a run of strong form but that was interrupted after a sickening head clash against Port Melbourne. When not playing for the Cats, Floyd was a dominant force for local club Colac and racked up GFL Team of the Year honours despite playing only nine matches for the Tigers.

 

63. Sam Dobson

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Height: 189cm

Weight: 90kg

DOB: 3 June 1993

VFL Games: 21

Recruited From: Koroit (HFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Recruited from Koroit, Sam Dobson is a medium sized forward with a strong set of hands. Dobson had a similar 2017 to his 2016, spending half the season in the VFL and the other half with local club St. Mary’s. His form at both levels featured bags of goals and numerous highlight reel marks. With the VFL Cats side likely to feature many young players this season, Dobson will look to use his experience to nurture the stars of the future.

 

64. Tom Atkins

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Height: 180cm

Weight: 85kg

DOB: 18 September 1995

VFL Matches: 39

Recruited From: St Joseph’s (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St Joseph’s (GFL)

Profile:

Recently appointed VFL captain Tom Atkins has come a long way since he was part of the development squad in 2014. Atkins has become an elite VFL midfielder and is renowned as one of the fiercest tacklers in the competition. The hard-nosed on baller won the Cats’ Best & Fairest in 2016 and despite an injury-plagued 2017, still had plenty of inspiring performances. Hoping to put his injuries behind him, the young skipper will be looking to take his game to a new level in 2018.

 

65. Sam McLachlan

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Height: 188cm

Weight: 86kg

DOB: 22 September 1995

VFL Matches: 32

Recruited From: North Warrnambool

2018 Interchange Club: Colac (GFL)

Profile:

Sam McLachlan quickly became one of the Cats’ most reliable midfielders in 2017, playing 15 games and often finding himself amongst the best players. McLachlan is a good decision maker who uses the ball well, is willing to put his body on the line and is clean with the football in congestion. The skilful midfielder finished sixth in the Cats’ Best & Fairest and will look continue his gradual improvement this year.

 

66. Aiden Grace

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Height: 189cm

Weight: 85kg

DOB: 28 August 1997

Recruited From: Clarence (Tasmania)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Just like teammate Sam Siggins, Aiden Grace joins the Cats from Tasmanian club Clarence. Grace had a few quality years for Clarence and played 17 games in 2017 and kicked 19 goals. Grace was named best first year player for Clarence in 2015.

 

68. Harry Kol

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Height: 182cm

Weight: 74kg

DOB: 15 May 1996

VFL Matches: 2

Recruited From: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Due to consistent injuries, Harry Kol was unable to suit up the Cats in his first year at the club. In 2017, he played two games and will look to build on that in 2018. Recruited from the Geelong Falcons, Kol took out the Falcon’s best & fairest in 2015. He is the son of former Geelong player Michael Kol, can play a variety of positions across half-forward and midfield and has great outside pace.

 

70. Lochlan Dhurrkay

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Height: 179cm

Weight: 67kg

DOB: 1 November 1995

Recruited From: Palmerston (NTFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Newtown & Chilwell (GFL)

Profile:

Lochlan Dhurrkay is an exciting recruit for the Cats with his ability to break lines and classy ball use. Dhurrkay played great football for Palmerston and the NT Thunder and looks to continue his strong form in 2018 with the Cats. Dhurrkay made the move from the Northern Territory to Geelong to continue his football development, highlighting his dedication and commitment to his football. Lochlan is the nephew of former Docker Gary Dhurrkay.

 

73. Zach Zdybel

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Height: 193cm

Weight: 95kg

DOB: 7 February 1998

Recruited From: Colac (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Colac (GFL)

Profile:

Zach Zdybel is an exciting young big man who plays with maturity beyond his years. The ruckman was a force for Colac in his first season of senior football, playing 21 matches and kicking 20 goals. The former Geelong Falcon can take a strong contested mark, has great leaping ability and quality endurance.

 

74. James Gow

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Height: 176cm

Weight: 78kg

DOB: 15 August 1997

VFL Matches:

Recruited From: GWV Rebels (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: Bell Park (GFL)

Profile:

James Gow is a midfielder who knows how to continually find the ball and he showed that in his first season with the Cats. Gow exceeded expectations to finish eighth in the Cats’ best and fairest count from his 15 games. The on-baller has also played over 50 senior games for Koroit, won two premierships and a senior Best & Fairest in 2015.

 

75. Callum Mitchell

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Height: 188cm

Weight: 87kg

DOB: 10 December 1996

VFL Matches: 12

Recruited From: Clarence (Tasmania)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Joseph’s (GFL)

Profile:

Cal Mitchell surprised many in 2017 with his form at VFL level. Moving to Geelong from Tasmania, Mitchell was added to the Cats’ VFL Development List and by round six, earned his first game in the side. Impressing in a half-back role, Mitchell never looked back and played a pivotal role in the Cats’ defensive unit with a consistent and composed brand of football. The running defender racked up 12 games for the Cats and nine for interchange club St. Joseph’s including the GFL premiership win over St. Mary’s.

 

77. Dean Gore

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Height: 183cm

Weight: 83kg

DOB: 26 June 1996

VFL Matches: 11

Recruited From: Adelaide (AFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

After spending two years in Adelaide, Dean Gore has returned to the team that drafted him to play with some old teammates whilst aiming to play at the highest level possible to pursue an AFL dream. Gore had a great start to the preseason but unfortunately the former Crow suffered a heartbreaking knee injury that will likely see him miss the entire 2018 season.

 

78. Jackson McLachlan

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Height: 170cm

Weight: 69kg

DOB: 9 March 1998

Recruited From: St. Joseph’s (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Joseph’s (GFL)

Profile:

Not many players have had a better first year in the GFL than Jackson McLachlan had in 2017. In his first full year of senior football, McLachlan claimed the GFL Rookie of the Year, earned a place in the GFL Team of the Year, finished fifth in the Mathieson Medal and capped it off by playing a pivotal role in St. Joseph’s premiership victory. The 20-year-old achieved these feats by playing a skilful and courageous brand of football across half-forward for Joeys. What McLachlan lacks in height, he makes up for with his creativity and execution with the ball.

 

79. Patrick Dowling

Height: 187cm

Weight: 83kg

DOB: 28 September 1998

Recruited From: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Patrick Dowling is classy half forward with an excellent skill set. The left-footer can break lines with his long kicking ability and has a knack for finding the goals. Dowling was part of the Cats’ Development List in 2017 and played 18 games for GFL grand finalists St. Mary’s in an impressive first season of senior football.

 

81. Kyle O’Connor

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Height: 178cm

Weight: 76kg

DOB: 15 November 1998

Recruited From: GWV Rebels (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: Bell Park (GFL)

Profile:

Kyle O’Connor is a small forward who joins the Cats after a strong season for Bell Park after graduating from the GWV Rebels in 2016. O’Connor has a knack for finding the ball and is a solid ball user on both sides of his body.

 

VFL DEVELOPMENT LIST

Jack Blood

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Height: 182cm

Weight: 76kg

DOB: 22 October 1998

VFL Matches:

Recruited From: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: (St. Mary’s)

Profile:

Former Geelong Falcons captain Jack Blood had a solid first season on the VFL list. Spending time with both the Cats (six games) and St. Mary’s (14 games), Blood played a consistent brand of football across both competitions. The 19-year-old also had a quality outing in the GFL Grand Final despite his side’s heavy loss.

 

David Handley

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Height: 183cm

Weight: 79kg

DOB: 1 September 1999

Recruited From: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: Geelong West (GFL)

Profile:

Small forward David Handley had a dominant season for the Geelong Falcons and was in the mix to have his name read out on draft night. Handley was one of the Falcons’ stars in their premiership campaign, kicking 28 goals from 15 games. He was also named in the TAC Cup Team of the Year. A lingering groin injury will see him have a delayed start to his 2018 campaign.

 

Curtis McCarthy

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Height: 188cm

Weight: 82kg

DOB: 5 February 1999

Recruited From: Glenelg U/18 (SANFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Joseph’s (GFL)

Profile:

Curtis McCarthy is the younger brother of Geelong’s Lincoln and joins the Cats after playing for SANFL side Glenelg in the under 18s competition. McCarthy is a strong bodied forward who kicked 27 goals in 16 games for the Tigers and rarely turns the ball over by foot.

 

Cooper Jones

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Height: 193cm

Weight: 83kg

DOB: 25 November 1998

Recruited From: Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: Bell Park (GFL)

Profile:

Cooper Jones is a medium-sized flanker who has had a rough run of injuries in recent years. Jones played his TAC Cup football with the Bendigo Pioneers and represented Vic Country in the U/18 championships in 2016.

 

Tom Lang

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Height: 187cm

Weight: 87kg

DOB: 3 February 1997

Recruited From: St. Mary’s (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Tom Lang is a key defender who uses the ball well. Lang had a strong season for St. Mary’s in the GFL playing 19 matches and even floating forward for nine goals. Lang was a key cog in the Saints’ grand final run. His VFL preseason was interrupted this year by a foot injury but will look to be back playing by the early rounds of the season.

 

Will Sexton

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Height: 175cm

Weight: 75kg

DOB: 14 May 1997

VFL Matches: 15

Recruited From: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: South Barwon (GFL)

Profile:

Will Sexton’s 2017 season was ruined by persistent back injuries, an issue that forced him to have surgery on his troublesome back. The surgery will force the former Geelong Falcon to miss the first chunk of 2018. Sexton is an elite ball user who makes great decisions playing across half-back and will be a handy player in the latter half of the season if he can get his body right. Sexton finished fifth in the VFL Cats’ best and fairest in 2016.

 

Jay Lever

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Height: 198cm

Weight: 95kg

DOB: 15 June 1993

Recruited From: South Barwon (GFL)

2018 Interchange Club: South Barwon (GFL)

Profile:

Key defender Jay Lever had a terrific season for South Barwon in the GFL. One of the premier defenders is the competition, the former St. Kilda draftee was named at full back in the GFL Team of the Year and was a headache for the competition’s best forwards.

 

Trent McMullan

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Height: 194cm

Weight: 85kg

DOB: 24 February 1997

VFL Matches: 3

Recruited From: Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: St. Mary’s (GFL)

Profile:

Trent McMullan is a former national junior basketballer who turned to football full-time in 2016 to play with the Murray Bushrangers. McMullan had a quality 2017 campaign with St. Mary’s, playing 15 games for a return of 13 goals. The key tall was named in the Saints’ best on numerous occasions and pulled on the boots for the Cats on three occasions. McMullan’s three matches came towards the end of the Cats’ 2017 campaign where he was able to play a variety of roles and pinch-hit in the ruck.

 

Fraser House

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Height: 186cm

Weight: 83kg

DOB: 8 October 1998

VFL Matches:

Recruited From: Claremont U/18 (WAFL)

2018 Interchange Club: Newtown & Chilwell (GFL)

Profile:

Fraser House is the brother of AFL-listed Cat Timm and joins the Cats after a strong season for Claremont Under 18s. House was a dominant player for the Claremont Colts and took out his side’s best and fairest award. His Colts side made it to the Grand Final in 2017 and House was a big factor in their success.

 

Lachie Noble

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Height: 173cm

Weight: 71kg

DOB: 2 August 1999

Recruited From: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)

2018 Interchange Club: South Barwon (GFL)

Profile:

Small forward Lachie Noble joins the long list of former Falcons to join the VFL squad. He played a big part is the Falcons’ 2017 premiership campaign, kicking 34 goals from 21 games. Noble boasts outside pace and can impact a game with his ability to pounce on opportunistic goals.