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Selwood is nearing his best

Scott Selwood collected 21 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances against the Pies. - Geelong Cats,Scott Selwood
Scott Selwood collected 21 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances against the Pies.
I am still building, I feel okay at the contest and I’m feeling fit enough, it’s just getting my hands back on it and being a little bit cleaner with it.
Scott Selwood

Scott Selwood is nearing his best as he pushes towards an AFL return.

The midfielder played out his first full game of the season in Sunday’s VFL win over Collingwood.

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It was Selwood’s third consecutive VFL game and his first without a restriction on game time or a kilometres cap.

“I am still building, I feel okay at the contest and I’m feeling fit enough, it’s just getting my hands back on it and being a little bit cleaner with it,” Selwood said.

“I felt better this week than last week, usually the second game you feel a bit lethargic than normal but after that you are good to go.”

The Cats are taking a cautious approach with the 29-year-old after his injury plagued start to the season.

Selwood missed the JLT series with hamstring tightness before taking the field in a VFL practice match where he suffered a setback, injuring his right hamstring.

Now with games under his belt, Selwood is no longer worried about getting injured, rather focusing on just trying to play his role in the team.

“Your mindset shifts from thinking, am I fit, to how can I play the best footy I can,” he said.

“It’s just about finding touch and getting back to playing your role.”

Selwood was more than serviceable for the VFL Cats, totalling 21 disposals, six clearances and 11 tackles.

The ability to rack up tackles and impact stoppages has always been one of Selwood’s traits and it was on full display on Sunday.

“It wasn’t a purpose or motivator (to hunt tackles), but at the same time I think I know my role within the side and where I’ll sit if I’m up in the senior side,” Selwood said.

Selwood is hoping to break into the Cats’ AFL side but knows that he won’t be able to just waltz in to the competition’s top team.

The modest midfielder is happy to play for whichever side he is chosen in, prioritising the success of the club over his spot in the team.

“I think whole clubs win big games and big finals and it is important for us to keep growing like that,” Selwood said.

“Whoever is in the senior side and whoever is in the VFL side, it almost becomes irrelevant, as long as everyone is playing the right style of footy.

“It’s more about how we can play the best footy and constantly grow as a group and I think the rest of it takes care of itself.”

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