GEELONG will get its first look at new draftees Toby Conway and Flynn Kroeger in the VFL on Sunday with the young Cats getting the green light after battling hip injuries.
The Cats Medical and Reconditioning team has taken a conservative approach with the duo, aiming to bullet-proof their young bodies before unleashing them on senior football.
Conway was selected at pick 24 in last year's National Draft and has been earmarked as the Cats' ruckman of the future while Flynn Kroeger is an explosive midfielder taken with selection 48.
"Toby and Flynn will play managed minutes in the VFL against the Northern Bullants this weekend," head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor said.
"This is an exciting step forward for Toby and Flynn in their reconditioning programs, and it will be great to get a look at our new draftees."
In other good news for Geelong's ruck stocks, off-season recruit Jonathon Ceglar is being integrated back into training with the main group.
"There’s positive news on Jonathon Ceglar as he increases his running loads and will be introduced into the skills part of our program," Taylor says.
Rhys Stanley will be monitored throughout the week after hurting his ankle against the Saints, while Shaun Higgins (general soreness) will also be a test.
"Rhys had an ankle issue during the game and will complete a test later in the week to assess his availability for this week’s game," Taylor says.
Jed Bews has cleared the AFL concussion protocols and will put his hand up for selection against the Power.
Jack Henry (foot) and Sam Menegola (knee) are taking steps forward as they ramp up their conditioning.
"Sam Menegola is gradually building into his football loading as he gets closer to returning to competition," Taylor says.
"Jack Henry is increasing his running program before being reintroduced to football and we’re happy with the progress he’s making."
Esava Ratugolea is recovering well after successful ankle surgery last week.
"Esava had surgery on his ankle last Monday. He will now follow a graduated return to train program," Taylor says.
"Esava is an integral member of our team and we look forward to seeing him back out in the No. 17 jumper soon."