Geelong captain Joel Selwood is optimistic this year's Cats are "refreshed" enough to launch into this year's post-season after sometimes having "limped" into finals matches.
Steeling themselves for a seventh qualifying final under coach Chris Scott, the AFL veteran says the Cats – who finished fourth with a 12-5 record – are well placed physically and mentally.
Geelong captain Joel Selwood.Credit:Getty Images
“I’m really looking forward to starting a new season tomorrow night.”
The 32-year-old wouldn't commit to what represented a "pass mark" in 2020.
“A pass mark is literally just looking at Thursday night and making sure that we get the job done," he said.
Intrigue surrounds the Cats after their heavy loss to Richmond in round 17 before they rallied against Sydney the following week – with Selwood and Gary Ablett back in the team – to narrowly beat the Swans and ensure their home-and-away season finished with a victory.
Selwood is optimistic that the Geelong group is well placed heading into the finals with the personnel available. Rhys Stanley (groin) will be among those considered for selection after three games out.
He said there was improvement in the Geelong line-up between 2019 and 2020 because of versatility with players in different positions.
“Mentally I think the group has really grown too," Selwood said.
“You know those games that we’ve been behind this year [when] there’s limited time on the clock, but [we've] managed to grind a way and find a way [to win]," he said.
“And maybe [in] games that we would have lost in the post. Now we’ve found ways out, where we’ve been in positions where we haven’t wanted to be in games.
“We’ve also been in games where we’ve been out in front and blown teams away too. For me that’s just a growth period.”
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