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Cats elevate rookie pair

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Geelong has promoted two of its AFL experienced rookies to the senior list.

Josh Walker and George Burbury will be upgraded with the Cats last two picks in the 2013 draft.

Walker, 21, played three games this season including the qualifying final to take his games tally to 10. Burbury, 21, made his debut in round nine against Port Adelaide and played again the following week against the Gold Coast Suns in the Cats first night game at Simonds Stadium. Both played in last year’s VFL premiership and in this year’s VFL grand final.

Their elevation means the Cats will have three picks in this year’s rookie draft with Jackson Sheringham remaining on the list as a Category A rookie and Mark Blicavs as a  Category B rookie.

Geelong Cats general manager of football Neil Balme said both players had shown on and off the field why they were worthy of promotion.

“Both Josh and George are terrific people who we believe can play significant roles for this football club going forward.” Balme said.

“Despite their age both were leaders in our VFL side and have shown they have the ability to take the step up to regular AFL football.”

The Cats will now take three live picks into this November’s national draft (16, 36, 41).
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