RETURNING Cat Sam Simpson is locked in to play his first match of the season after putting concussion concerns behind him.

The silky midfielder and forward has been sidelined since the pre-season after a heavy hit left him with ongoing concussion symptoms.

Simpson will be joined by draftee James Willis who will play his first game for the club after battling knee issues that he arrived at the club with.

Willis boasts an AFL-ready physique and prides himself on contested ball winning ability.

The Bendigo Bank Cats will be looking to turn their fortunes around against the seventh-placed Blues, having dropped their last five matches.

Despite the run of losses Geelong comes into the clash in good form, having taken the undefeated Casey Demons down to the wire last weekend.

The Cats sit two games outside the eight with six rounds to play.

Toby Conway is out of the side after suffering a concussion in last week’s matchup with Casey.

VFL Round 17 Team

Ins: J. Willis, S. Simpson, J. Bews
Outs: T. Conway (concussion), J. Evans, B. Lloyd

Backs 50. D. Capiron 81. A. Byrne 24. J. Bews
Half Backs 58. K.Chalcraft 92. D. Weigl 21. N. Stevens
Centreline 52. J. McLachlan 57. J. Chalcraft 47. M. Ling
Half Forwards 69. M. Chafer 17. E. Ratugolea 31. F. Evans
Forwards 41. Z. Williams 33. S Neale 28. O Dempsey
Followers 15. J. Ceglar 19. Q. Narkle 10. M. Knevitt
Interchange 37. S. Simpson 12. C. Stephens 40. L. Dahlhaus
  36. P. Tsapatolis 20. J. Willis  
23rd Player 58. K. Chalcraft    
Emergencies 65. J. Evans  64. T. Pannucio 75. T. Lovell
  54. O. Tate 74. B. Lloyd 89. L. Bond