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Cats call up Conway

March 31, 2024 12:30 pm in by
Geelong ruck Toby Conway will play his second AFL game against Hawthorn on Easter Monday. (Morgan Hancock/Getty Images)

Young Geelong ruck Toby Conway will play his second AFL game in tomorrow’s Easter Monday meeting with Hawthorn at the MCG.

Coach Chris Scott has confirmed the 20-year-old, who made his debut in the final round of the 2023 season, will take the place of veteran Rhys Stanley.

However, Scott says there’s no injury issue for the 33-year-old, who, along with Zach Tuohy, didn’t participate in this morning’s Captain’s Run.

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“We manage our list; that’s just the way we operate,” Scott said.

“There’s no point waiting until halfway through the year before you start that process.

“It just makes sense for us with that five-day break to start a little bit earlier and getting it rolling.

“There will be very few players that play every week for us this year.”

Mitch Duncan, who was a late withdrawal from the win over Adelaide after his wife Demi went into labour with their fourth child last Friday afternoon, is expected to return.

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Tom Atkins, Tanner Bruhn and Jack Bowes are also in the mix to take on the Hawks.

“We need work to through the exact makeup of our 23 at the moment,” Scott said.

“But there’s a whole range of players in that conversation, albeit for different reasons.

“You have guys like Tom Hawkins at 35 and Jhye Clark at 19 … the end result is they will all come out at some stage, within reason.”

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