Cats reveal reason for axing son of a gun

Geelong have revealed why they made the “powerful choice” to delist the son of membership legend Billy Brownless.

Oscar Brownless arrived on the Cats as a father-son choice through decide 74 within the 2018 nationwide draft however by no means broke via for a senior recreation, as an alternative mustering 27 appearances within the VFL.

The 2021 VFL season noticed Brownless common 22 disposals per match and end runner-up in one of the best and fairest, however that wasn’t sufficient to persuade the Geelong brains belief that the 21-year-old was price being supplied a brand new deal.

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The Cats’ long-time checklist guru, Stephen Wells, defined the decision to delist Brownless on SEN radio.

“We simply felt we had been at a time the place we would have liked to show over the checklist a bit and benefit from some alternatives we have via the draft and maybe even the rookie draft,” Wells stated.

The checklist boss added that Brownless had had little luck throughout his time on the Cats.

“Whether or not it’s Oscar or any of our different gamers, it’s totally, very laborious to make that call. It is the worst time of 12 months while you’re telling gamers that they don’t seem to be getting a contract,” Wells stated.

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“Oscar has had three years on the membership. The final two years have been COVID-affected the place he hasn’t had the chance to play as a lot footy as he probably might in a standard circumstance and present his improvement and present the place he might’ve gone along with his footy.

“He is now acquired a shoulder harm, as properly, so we’re supporting Oscar as greatest we will.

“After we sat down with him the opposite day and stated sadly he wasn’t getting a contract, we did actually encourage him to not surrender on his dream to be an AFL participant, if that is what he nonetheless needs to do.

“It could possibly nonetheless go his method. Simply since you’re getting delisted now after three years does not imply he will not get one other alternative sooner or later.”

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Wells had reward for Brownless’ perspective to footy.

“He is acquired that character that, if he needs to place his thoughts to it, he’ll get one of the best out of himself,” Wells stated.

“It was a tricky choice.”

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