Jack Henry will return to the Cats line-up this weekend against Richmond for his first taste of AFL action since Round 5 after recovering from a foot injury.
Henry joins young midfielder Max Holmes and Gary Rohan in taking on the Tigers, with Zach Guthrie, Luke Dahlhaus and Cooper Stephens making way.
Patrick Dangerfield will miss as Geelong continues its measured approach to injury management and players returning to the team.
The decision was made on Thursday in consultation with medical staff, the coaches and Dangerfield himself, to give him an additional period of high intensity training before being available for selection.
Geelong GM of Football Simon Lloyd reiterated the Club’s position on making decisions based on what’s best for the team and individual player preparation.
“While we had been confident that Patrick would play on Saturday, the coaches and medical team had earmarked making a final call after Wednesday’s main training session and the decision has been made today to give him an opportunity to further build his football and training loads,” Lloyd said.
“We have been open this season in our tailored approach to players returning from injury and will continue with this approach for the long-term benefit and preparation of the team.”
Henry was subbed out of the club’s Easter Monday clash against Hawthorn back in April and returned via the VFL last weekend where he picked up 16 disposals and six marks playing across half back, while Max Holmes was the Cats’ best player in his own comeback game, collecting 21 touches, 8 inside 50s, 5 clearances and laid 10 tackles in the Cats’ VFL loss to Werribee.
Gary Rohan returns after clearing Health and Safety Protocols, and Jeremy Cameron will play his 200th game of AFL football.
The club will announce the medical sub an hour prior to the first bounce.
Geelong face Richmond at 4:35pm this Saturday afternoon at the MCG.
Round 15 Team
INS: Jack Henry, Max Holmes, Gary Rohan
OUTS: Luke Dahlhaus (Omitted), Zach Guthrie (Managed), Cooper Stephens (Omitted)
|Backs||Tom Stewart||Sam De Koning||Tom Atkins|
|Half Backs||Jed Bews||Mark Blicavs||Jake Kolodjashnij|
|Centreline||Mitch Duncan||Cameron Guthrie||Isaac Smith|
|Half Forwards||Zach Tuohy||Jeremy Cameron||Gryan Miers|
|Forwards||Brad Close||Tom Hawkins||Tyson Stengle|
|Followers||Rhys Stanley||Joel Selwood||Max Holmes|
|Interchange||Jack Henry||Mark O'Connor||Sam Menegola|
|Emergencies||Cooper Stephens||Zach Guthrie||Luke Dahlhaus|