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Cats should consider Clark says Enright

Mitch Clark of the Demons kicks for goal during the AFL Round 13 match between the Melbourne Demons and the GWS Giants at the MCG, Melbourne. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Corey Enright believes Mitch Clark would be a great addition to the Cats.

GEELONG veteran Corey Enright says the Cats should consider signing former Melbourne spearhead Mitch Clark as the club looks to improve its forward support for Tom Hawkins. reported on Thursday that Clark is understood to have met with Geelong on Wednesday to open discussions about his planned return to the AFL.

The Cats are on the lookout for a key forward to support Hawkins who kicked 68 goals in 2014 – 41 more than Jimmy Bartel, who ranked No.2 at the club with 27 goals.

Clark, who turns 27 next month, showed his class in 2012, kicking 29 goals in 11 games before injuries took their toll.

"He's obviously proven on the big stage before that he's a quality player, so you'd be foolish not to look at guys like that," Enright said on Thursday.  

"It's probably well documented that we're looking for someone to give Tom Hawkins a chop out, so I can't see why he wouldn't do that."

The Cats are also in the race to sign key defender James Frawley who is set to leave the Demons through free agency, with Enright keen to play alongside the 26-year-old in defence.

"I think you're always looking for quality players and quality people, and it's no secret we want James," he said.  

"It's a decision for him. Our club has put the offer in place and we'll see where it goes from there."

Enright has avoided post-season surgery after committing to play on for a 15th season – a decision he said wasn't easy.

He said Geelong's post-season review had revealed areas to improve but also reinforced the importance of continuing to unearth young players.    

"We blooded some players we think are going to be long-term players for the club," he said.

"Hopefully they'll take the next step next year, so it's actually pretty exciting.

"The way we finished off losing two finals the way we did wasn't great, but overall I think it was a reasonable step forward for us."

While disappointed not to be preparing for a fifth Grand Final, Enright said the two best teams were set to play off on Saturday. 

He tipped the Swans to win a tight clash and Kieren Jack to win the Norm Smith Medal.  

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