Pain-free Danger boost for Cats

19 February 2021 20:14:21 GMTPlus11

Geelong gun Patrick Dangerfield says he is finally pain-free from a groin problem that hampered him last season and is looking forward to 2021.

Dangerfield played through the pain barrier in 2020 and still managed to pick up an All-Australian blazer as the Cats made it all the way to the grand final before losing to Richmond.

The decision was taken to have a summer of complete rest while undergoing treatment on the problem and fingers crossed it appears to have done the trick.

Dangerfield admits to being a bit behind where he would normally like to be at this stage in pre-season, but the fact he is pain free is the biggest bonus.

Geelong face the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval in round one of the competition on 21st March and Dangerfield is hopeful he will make it.

"It's all pretty positive at the moment," Dangerfield told reporters after training on Thursday. "We had a good hitout today and it was sort of my first match sim, albeit not a huge amount, but a little bit, which is good.

"It always takes a little bit longer (to reach peak fitness). That being said, games makes it easier and the continuity of playing is always an adjustment anyway.

"It's probably not ideally where I'd like to be but the most important thing is I'm moving around fairly free and pain-free, which is good."

Geelong have pre-season games against Collingwood and Essendon in the coming weeks and the next step for Dangerfield is to be involved in those.

Geelong are priced at 5/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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