SHANNON Neale will replace Esava Ratugolea as an emergency for Geelong's Round 8 clash with Greater Western Sydney on Saturday at Manuka Oval.

Ratugolea has been ruled out through injury, paving the way for Neale to join Mitch Knevitt, Oliver Dempsey and Zach Guthrie as the emergencies this week.

The news follows yesterday's exciting announcement that Cooper Stephens would be playing his first AFL game. 

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Stephens Ready For Senior Debut

After three years on the Cats list and some injury speed bumps, Cooper Stephens will make his debut against the Giants. Presented by Morgan Stanley.

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Sitting 4-3 after last week's narrow three-point loss to Fremantle, the Cats will be eager to return to winning ways in Saturday's 4.35pm clash in Canberra.

Geelong will name its medical substitute an hour prior to the first bounce.

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Francis Evans at Open Training | Round 8, 2022

Francis Evans speaks to Cats Media at open training in Canberra

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Round 8 Team

INS: Patrick Dangerfield, Quinton Narkle, Francis Evans, Cooper Stephens

OUTS: Joel Selwood (Injured), Shaun Higgins (Injured), Max Holmes (Injured), Luke Dahlhaus (Medi-Sub), Oliver Dempsey (Omitted)

NEW: Cooper Stephens (Debut)

Backs Sam De Koning Mark Blicavs Jed Bews
Half Backs Jake Kolodjashnij Tom Stewart Tom Atkins
Centreline Mitch Duncan Patrick Dangerfield Cooper Stephens
Half Forwards Isaac Smith Jeremy Cameron Francis Evans
Forwards Brad Close Tom Hawkins Tyson Stengle
Followers Rhys Stanley Quinton Narkle Cameron Guthrie
Interchange Zach Tuohy Brandan Parfitt Mark O'Connor
  Gryan Miers    
Emergencies Oliver Dempsey Mitch Knevitt Zach Guthrie
  Shannon Neale