Jack Henry has developed into one of Geelong’s most consistent players and is currently in the midst of his best season to date.
After playing 23 of a possible 25 games in 2019, Henry has continued his stellar rise this year and is one of only eight Cats to have played every game.
“Jack’s been a really good player for us. I still think he can get better, but he is a much better player than he was 12 months ago,” Coach Chris Scott said at Tuesday’s press conference.
“We have a young group of defenders who are getting better week-to-week in my opinion and even more important than that they are getting some cohesion by playing significant amounts of AFL footy together as a group.”
If there was a statistic for the number of times a player goes back with the flight of the footy to help out his teammates, Henry would be right up there with the best in the game.
His game awareness and athleticism allow him to cover the ground really well and he is ranked number one at the club this season for spoils and fourth for intercepts.
Henry is also equal with Mark Blicavs as the club's leader for one percenters, which is something Assistant Coach Corey Enright thinks rounds out his game.
“Whether it is a knock-on, a tackle or a chase, he does all those things really well that makes a really good defender,” Enright said.
Henry is not only a great team man, but an effective shutdown defender in his own right too.
After 14 rounds Henry has the best record at the Cats for contested defence one-on-ones wins having only lost five from 31 in this area.
His strike rate puts him in an elite category and right up there with the best backs in the game at the moment.
The 22-year-old has also increased his offensive output and is ranked third behind only Tom Stewart and Zach Tuohy for rebounds from 50 this season.
Henry’s flexibility is quickly becoming his strong suit and after celebrating his 50th game in Round 5 earlier this year, he looks set to be a cornerstone of the Cats backline for many years to come.