GEELONG expects Jack Steven to be right for its Round 2 clash with Gold Coast at GMHBA Stadium.
Cats’ assistant coach Matthew Knights confirmed to K rock Football ahead of last night’s loss to the GWS Giants that the four-time St Kilda best-and-fairest was battling soreness following an impressive performance in the Marsh Series match on March 9.
“Jack Steven was really close. He played so well for us in Colac, and we were quite bubbly about that, but he had a little bit of an interruption,” Knights said.
“He just pulled up with more soreness than anything out of the Colac game and probably wasn’t able to do the training we would have liked in the lead up to this game (against GWS).
“We have come so far with Jack, and he was just generally sore everywhere and missed a bit of training so we just felt we would endeavour to get him right for Round 2 against Gold Coast.”
MEANWHILE, veteran Gary Ablett says there is plenty of room for improvement following the 32-points loss to the Suns.
It was the first time Geelong has conceded more than 100 points in a match since a loss to Adelaide in Round 17, 2018.
“I thought we played really good footy for most of the game,” Ablett told K rock Football post-match.
“We haven’t had a chance to talk about it as a group, yet, but it was probably just the polish; we didn’t finish off our work at times.
“And they’re a very good football side; we know that. They’re very good at home.
“We’ll go away, we’ll watch the tape and look at the areas we can improve.”