Scott cool over aging list

07 March 2021 01:22:10 GMTPlus10

Geelong coach Chris Scott has no concerns regards the average age of his list and says it is a "terrible marker in AFL footy" as they head into the 2021 season.

The Cats may have seen veteran stars like Gary Ablett and Harry Taylor retire, but Scott has brought in Isaac Smith and Shaun Higgins who are 32 and 33 respectively.

Superstar recruit Jeremy Cameron will turn 28 this year and it leaves the Cats with the second oldest list (25.3) in the competition, just behind St Kilda (25.4).

Geelong have the most players over 30 and although Scott accepts people will pick up on the average age, they should not look into it too much.

The Cats coach has no concerns regarding the age of his players as long as they are performing week in, week out.

"I'm not going to argue with the age thing, I think we're going to hear it a fair bit," Scott told AFL.com.au.

"If we go well, we'll be experienced and if we go poorly, we'll be old. I just caution against using average age as a marker, it's a terrible marker in AFL footy.

"The distribution of age is a much better marker of age and experience. The stuff that's harder to tell from the outside is how resilient is someone like Isaac Smith or Mark Blicavs or those sorts of guys.

"The key point is having a group of 28-32 players who you can have playing any week gives you a bit of flexibility."

Geelong are priced at 11/2 to win the AFL grand final.

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