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JLT: Two things we learned

Mitch Duncan is primed for a big year in 2018.  - Geelong Cats
Mitch Duncan is primed for a big year in 2018.


1. Wells does it again
Stephen Wells has found another batch of ready-made recruits, should Geelong's injury crisis depend on it. Tim Kelly looks cherry ripe after impressing in both pre-season matches and with injury doubts on Patrick Dangerfield and Gary Ablett, to go with Scott Selwood's ankle, Charlie Constable could be called upon after 22 and 18 disposals in respective matches. Gryan Miers featured in both matches and could fill the void as small forwards Cory Gregson and Lincoln McCarthy come back from long-term injuries.

2. Duncan looks ready
With so much written about the Dangerfield-Ablett-Selwood trio, could it become four men in the elite bracket come season’s end? Mitch Duncan looks set to build on his breakout 2017 campaign. After captaining the Cats against Gold Coast in Townsville, Duncan had a game-high 38 disposals against the Bombers in JLT round two.


Who partners Tom?
Tom Hawkins' partner in attack remains in limbo. Rhys Stanley injured his calf in Colac, while Wylie Buzza and Esava Ratugolea failed to grab their opportunities with both hands. Aaron Black had his first hitout in the VFL practice match against the Bombers. Stewart Crameri will get the chance to impress in a VFL practice match against Werribee on Friday night, nine days out from the Cats' season opener against Melbourne.

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