Dangerfield lifts bid to return for Giants clash
Patrick Dangerfield completed a two-hour training session on Monday while many of his teammates played golf, with the Cats hopeful he returns from injury to face Greater Western Sydney in Canberra on Saturday.
Dangerfield said at the Cats’ president’s lunch at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday he had “a few boxes to tick”, having missed the past fortnight. A corked calf was the reason for his absence in the three-point loss to Fremantle on Saturday.
The 2016 Brownlow winner has intensified his bid to return, while many of his teammates worked on their golf swing.
Patrick Dangerfield is aiming to be fit to play against the Giants in round 8.Credit:Getty Images
“He trained this morning and (is) hopeful he will be back this week,” skipper Joel Selwood said.
“I was playing the par three with about 36 of the other boys – it was a recovery day today, a golf day for the boys.
“He hasn’t missed too many in his career, he is pretty keen to get back. It’s difficult watching, especially when you are a competitor like he is. But he just needs to get the body better.”
Dangerfield averaged 21 touches through the opening five matches and did not have the consistent explosiveness which has been the hallmark of his career.
His return will be welcomed, for the Giants, after a week of scrutiny on coach Leon Cameron, found their groove with an upset win over the Crows in Adelaide.
The Cats have embraced a more attacking, higher scoring game plan this season but Selwood said it was taking time to adjust individually and as a team.
“I am feeling really good to be honest. (I) started the year like the side, a little bit up and down at different stages, have just got to find that consistency. With the change of game plan you are never sure how the season will go, you probably expect it to have those ebbs and flows. We will look to iron those out as soon as we can,” he said.
The Cats are seventh on the ladder with a 4-3 win-loss record but have been buoyed by the form of their emerging youngsters.
“Sam De Koning has been a huge place, Max Holmes, Brad Close has had a great start to the year. The improvement in these kids has been exceptional. Probably missed a little bit of Jack Henry on the weekend, I would have thought, but I have probably said too much of individuals which I don’t usually do,” Selwood said.
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