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Classy Cat confident in his game

James Parsons in action against Werribee in round three. - Geelong Cats,James Parsons
James Parsons in action against Werribee in round three.

James Parsons continued his red-hot VFL form racking up 23 disposals and two goals in Geelong’s round 14 loss to Box Hill.

The 22-year-old has been named an AFL emergency on 13 occasions this season, playing two AFL matches.

His purple patch in form has left Parsons with a new-found confidence, one he hopes will see him take his opportunity when it comes in the future.


“I’m trying to push my way in but also waiting for an opening,” Parsons said speaking to

“If there is an opening, I’ll take it with both hands and go for it. That’s the mindset at the moment.

“I’m feeling really fresh and confident in my game. I’ve still got a lot of things to improve on, but I’m comfortable that I can play my role if I come in."

Used primarily in attack in previous seasons, Parsons has been working hard to elevate his game to a new-level this year and is spending more time on-ball.

“I did a lot of pre-season there (as an inside midfielder), and at training, I’m playing against guys like Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Tim Kelly,” Parsons said.

“Those guys are just guns, and I’ve got a lot of exposure against them, so to come out here and try put it into games, it has really helped me.”

Parsons' outstanding form has not gone unnoticed.

“Parso has had an amazing six weeks,” VFL coach Shane O’Bree said.

“In the last two weeks, he’s looked a class above VFL level.”

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