A refreshed Patrick Dangerfield is assured his physique will permit him to provide his scintillating finest for an prolonged interval of the AFL season.
The Geelong famous person was in high quality type after getting back from two weeks out with a calf damage within the round-eight thrashing of GWS, registering 28 disposals and 5 clearances.
He looms as a possible game-breaker in Saturday’s crunch conflict with St Kilda at Marvel Stadium as each side try and power their approach again into the highest 4.
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“I feel really good, barring a few little hiccups here and there, but (last) weekend I felt fresh,” Dangerfield stated on Friday.
“It’s one of the things that you can’t fake.
“This competitors is ruthless and the pace and depth is exclusive, and you have to be up for that combat.”
Geelong have been open about their plans to rest players throughout the home-and-away season, in particular their more seasoned campaigners.
Dangerfield, a veteran of 291 games, missed rounds six and seven after copping a cork to a calf muscle that caused bleeding in the same spot he strained in round four.
“I believe I’ve clocked (my relaxation) in now, so ideally I might play proper by means of (the season), however I believe it is essential to make these mature selections if a participant is not proper to go,” Dangerfield said.
Fifth-placed Geelong welcome back captain Joel Selwood (corked quad) and ruckman Rhys Stanley (ankle) against St Kilda, who sit seventh.
Both sides have 5-3 records, one win behind Carlton in fourth spot.
Versatile tall Mark Blicavs rucked well in Stanley’s absence against GWS, but the Cats will welcome back their No.1 ruckman for a crucial battle with Saints duo Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall.
“They’re an impressive mixture,” Dangerfield stated.
“Paddy Ryder within the centre bounce is nearly pretty much as good because it will get in the mean time.
“He can put it pretty much anywhere, so we’re very cognisant of what he can do, and around the ground they work quite well in tandem.
“Our guys are going to need to be up for the combat there.”
Saints star Jack Billings will play his first AFL game of the season after recovering from hamstring problems.
He is among several players now available, adding to their depth
“Generally you’ve a 12 months when it isn’t in regards to the amount of video games, it is the standard of video games – that is what we’re taking a look at for Jack,” coach Brett Ratten stated.
“It has been difficult at match committee, with what number of gamers we’ve got out there or coming again … what’s our right combination?”
The Saints are coming off two losses and Ratten said Geelong, who mauled GWS last week, will be another stern test.
“Their means to maneuver the ball from their again finish and rating and the expertise they’ve throughout all three traces – they’re in good type,” he stated.
“We’re wanting ahead to those alternatives, to see the place we’re actually at.”