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Taylor eyes strong finish

Harry Taylor is hoping his injury issues are behind him - Geelong Cats,Harry Taylor
Harry Taylor is hoping his injury issues are behind him

Harry Taylor is hoping his injury issues are behind him as he eyes a strong finish to the season.

The 32-year-old made his return to football through the VFL on Saturday night, pulling on the boots for the first time since round 16 of the AFL season.

Taylor played largely out of full-forward and kicked a goal from eight disposals whilst racking up four tackles in the Cats’ wet weather victory.

Importantly, Taylor got through the match unscathed and looks to be over the foot troubles that have restricted him to five AFL games in 2018.

“The foot’s fine, I played the majority of the game, albeit a little bit managed, but the foot feels pretty good so that’s a good sign,” Taylor said.

“(The goal) was just to get out there and run around, put the Geelong jumper on and play my role for the team.

“(Playing consistently) hasn’t happened quite as much as I would’ve liked this year but it’s just great to be back playing again.”

Taylor was not used down back during Saturday night’s game, largely due to the structure of the VFL side and how the match unfolded with the Cats in control for most of the night.

“Depending how the game was going would have dictated where I ended up, as it was I played forward of the ball for most of the game,” he said.

“We were pretty tall down forward, we have probably got the luxury of having quite a few key position players fit and healthy at the moment which is good.”

Taylor relished playing with the Cats’ young forwards and combined well with the likes of Wylie Buzza, Ryan Gardner and Ryan Abbott despite the slippery conditions.

“At times it’s a little bit difficult to fit us all in but we managed that pretty well, albeit on a slippery night I thought we were able to keep the ball in our forward half pretty well, contribute on the scoreboard and create a contest,” Taylor said.

“Obviously we’re very young down there, I’m probably the oldest by about 40 years, but it’s a group that’s young and developing and just have to learn how to play the conditions and certain situations.”

It is unclear whether Taylor’s next match will come at AFL or VFL level, but the two-time premiership player will leave that up to the coaches.

Despite missing so many games, Taylor believes it won’t take him long to get back to his best due to the high-intensity training at the club.

“One thing we’re very lucky to do at Geelong is train at an intensity that is very much game-like,” Taylor said.

“I just have to see how that works out, but our training is at a really high standard most weeks and that allows you to get into that game mode a lot quicker than maybe if we took it easy on the track throughout the week.”

Both the AFL and VFL sides will play Saturday afternoon, with the seniors taking on Fremantle whilst the reserves face Coburg.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs