AFL Transfers

Have the Cats improved after Trade week?

As you guys are well aware, I am a massive Geelong Cats fan. If you listen to any of my shows Just Jamie B show, Chat from the Back or SatDay Sessions you would have heard the heartbreak in my voice when we were body bagged out of the finals by the eventual Premiers the Melbourne Demons, so any chance I get to write or talk about them I’m going to take it.

So, since AFL trade week has just wrapped up. I’m going to dive in and give you my opinions on the way we conducted ourselves during the trade period.

Arguably the biggest issue with the Cats this past season on the field was in the ruck, not enough top-quality options to contend with the big names. While I’m a big fan of what Stanley is becoming, his inexperience against veteran ruckman like Max Gawn was on show in the Preliminary final and final Home and away game of the season. And I know Max is the best ruckman in the game by far, we are the Geelong cats and 2nd best just doesn’t cut it. And from time-to-time Esava Ratugolea is good in there, but I like him more as a go forward or stay back kind of guy. The theres the dominant Tomahawk who can body any player in the league out of the ruck, but we need him to stay forward.

So, when the trade came up that the cats had acquired Hawthorns 31-year-old ruckman Jon Ceglar I was very pleased with the move. And obviously he’s not a young man so longevity at the club is unlikely, but the club is built in most areas to win a premiership in the next 2 seasons and improving in the ruck for the short term is exactly what we needed to do.

On the other side of that deal, we lose Darcy Fort to the Brisbane Lions and pick 41 in the draft, but for what we get back from Hawthorn I’m happy with this deal. Let’s face it, for the time being, players in the draft aren’t going to help us win in the immediate future.

One of the major moves we saw from a player away from our club was speedster Jordan Clark moving on to the Dockers after he requested a trade away from Geelong due to a lack of game time in 2021. Clark burst onto the scene in 2019 the same year as Gryan Miers debuted, and if you’d said to me at the time that in 2 seasons Clark would be struggling to find a spot it the top 22, I wouldn’t have believed you, but here we are. While I would have loved to have kept Jordan for another season or 2 to see how he progressed and who may have retired or departed to clear way for more game time, he has to do what is right for him and a move to Freo with clearly promised game time is a good move for him to restart his career.

Photo Courtesy of @GeelongCats on twitter

So those were the major/only trade moves we made this season but one move which has divided the fanbase is the delisting of promising young father son draft pick Oscar Brownless. Oscar the son of Cats legend and favourite son Billy Brownless was drafted in 2018 and just as I was hoping he was going to be close to pushing for a spot in the top 22, list management team have made the tough decision to delist him this season. But it’s not all lost for Oscar as it would appear the Cats are planning on re drafting him as a rookie, so his career at the Cats is potentially still alive for now. I for one am excited to see if the son of the legend (in my mind) can reach his potential and be a regular week in week out for the Cats, but only time will tell. Hopefully he will use this delisting as a motivation if and when the Cats redraft him.

Photo Courtesy of the Herald Sun website

One final piece to add to Geelong’s trade week, as I’m writing up this blog it has just been announced that the Cats have just delisted Charlie Constable. Cheers Maltim James for putting it in the Cats Supporters group on Facebook, perfect timing for me. Interesting move, a bit like Clark, Constable struggled for game time this season only really playing when the coaching staff were resting and managing other players. I wonder if they are going to try and bring him back in via the draft, or if that’s it for his career at the cattery. Only time will tell.

Well, that’s my wrap up of the Cats trade week. I will have another one about the AFL trade week in General coming out soon so stay tuned for that.

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