Patrick Dangerfield doesn’t expect to miss any of Geelong’s remaining home and away games.
The three-time Carji Greeves Medallist has spent more minutes in attack during the season to date to ensure he remains fresh for the pointy end of the campaign.
“It’s really beneficial, critical I think, especially with the short turnarounds in games,” Dangerfield said.
“Without doing it, there’s probably a stage where you’ve got to have a rest at some point.
“So, it’s been really beneficial to sit down there, and we’ve got some really good pressure forwards that alleviate that play when I do play deeper.”
The 30-year-old’s absence from the midfield has provided additional opportunities for Cameron Guthrie and Sam Menegola, plus some of Geelong’s second and third year players to take on more responsibility.
Guthrie currently sits equal fifth in the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award after 13 rounds and is averaging 21 disposals per game.
Menegola has been equally impressive averaging 21 disposals and pushed forward to kick 11 goals, which is equal third at the club behind Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan.
“It’s one thing to be a consistent player, but it’s another to play at the elite level and be one of the best players on the ground, which both those players have been consistently right throughout this season.
“It’s been pivotal for us, and that’s certainly been one of the reasons for our success because we’ve got players in really good form, and those two players have really led it for us.
“Cam’s been, especially over the last 5-6 weeks, just sensational around the ball and used it really well, really clean.
“And Sam on the wing’s a great overhead mark, he’s finished well in front of goal, and he’s a wonderful runner, he complements our team really well.
“They’re having great seasons, they’re both pros in the way they prepare, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.”
Round 14 will see the Cats take on the Dogs at Metricon Stadium on Friday night from 7.50pm AEST.