GEELONG’s General Manager of football Simon Lloyd has revealed to the club’s official podcast To the Final Bell that new recruit Jack Steven is back in full training.
With just eight days to go before the Cats take on the Hawks on GMHBA Stadium, Steven is making rapid progress with a return to play in sight.
“He’s going well. He’s back into full training and he’s desperate to get going again and play,” Lloyd told To the Final Bell.
“He’ll start to be introduced to the competitive stuff over the coming sessions.”
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Steven sparkled on debut in the hoops, gathering 26 disposals and showing plenty of his trademark burst against Essendon in Round Two of the Marsh Community Series.
The four-time St Kilda Best and Fairest winner then missed Round One, with AFL.com.au reporting that the midfielder tweaked his calf ahead of the season opener.
The news Steven could be closing in on a Home and Away Cats debut is sure to bring some positivity to the Cats’ locker room, with the 183-game Saint already well-integrated with the group.
“Jack, as I’ve stated publicly, is very popular amongst the group,” Lloyd says.
“As he played at St Kilda, he’s a hard worker, he leaves everything out there on the park and he’s in a good frame of mind. He’s getting himself ready.”
Lloyd also addressed the recent incident which saw Steven suffer a stab wound, saying the situation was a complex one.
“He’s been working closely and talking to police, so he’s worked through that process and we’ve been in constant communication with the AFL as well,” Lloyd says.
“It was a police matter that was under investigation, so we need to be very careful when things are being investigated.
“I’m sure at some stage, at the right time, the AFL will put out some sort of statement.
“From right through the process, the club has been focused wholly and solely on Jack’s health and wellbeing.”