GEELONG defender Jed Bews says spending six weeks in the VFL after battling injury over pre-season and early in the season was good preparation for his return to AFL level.
After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, Bews was then diagnosed with osteitis pubis that saw his start first appearance on-field delayed until May 12.
“It’s been a good three weeks,” he said. “I had six weeks before that in the twos just getting my body right, getting used to the contact, just getting used to everything.
“To come in and play some reasonable footy’s good.
“Now we’ve got to look at tackling the Hawks and moving on.”
Bews is likely to find himself spending time on either Luke Bresut or Paul Puopolo on Sunday at the MCG.
However, the 25-year-0ld expects the team approach to defence to continue.
“Probably a bit of time through both them; not anything in particular,” he said.
“They’ve got some really dangerous small forwards. We’re all probably going to have to chop and change on them because they’re all bloody dangerous.
“It will be a really good challenge for us. I think we’re all pretty keen for it.”
For Bews, it will be his first and only home-and-away appearance on the MCG until the finals, with the Cats either interstate or at GMHBA Stadium in the final five rounds.
“We obviously want to play well there so we’ve got some confidence going into the finals if everything pans out the way we hope it will,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to it; we want to see how our game plan goes on it.
“We’re 4-0. That’s awesome. We’re looking forward to continuing that.”