The Cats’ on-ball brigade could add some additional firepower after the bye with Sam Menegola getting through Friday’s VFL return unscathed.

The classy midfielder was playing his second game this year after a combination of off-season knee surgery and a concussion sustained in his first game back have kept him on the sidelines.

Playing on a wing and through the midfield, Menegola collected 17 disposals and five clearances in his return against Footscray in the Cats’ narrow loss at Whitten Oval.

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VFL Highlights | Cats v Bulldogs

The Bendigo Bank Cats fell just short of the Bulldogs at Whitten Oval

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“He started out on a wing but then we needed a bit more on the inside and he came in and he had a really good game on the inside,” Geelong VFL Operations Manager Aaron Black told K rock Football after the game.

“He had an impact on the game but he also got through injury-free so that’s a great start for him.

“We don’t expect him to be with us for too long, but he always has crack when he’s with us. He had a good game tonight.”

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Mid-Season Draft: Zane Williams Highlights

Geelong selected small forward Zane Williams from Woodville-West Torrens with pick 12 in the NAB mid-season rookie draft.

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Draftee Zane Williams also pulled on the hoops for the first time after having his name called out on Wednesday night at the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.

The former Woodville-West Torrens Eagle had an impact in his first game as a Cat, picking up 12 disposals, taking six grabs, and looked as lively around goal as advertised.  

“He was good,” Black said.

“He probably had three or four shots on goal. He was pretty lively up there, good pressure, and gives us another avenue to goal. A couple of his fall of ball efforts were really good.

“It’s been a hell of a 48 hours but he put his hand up and wanted to play so I think he’ll fit in nicely.”