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What next for Zach?

April 21, 2019 7:30 am in by
Zach Tuohy in action for Geelong's VFL team on Saturday. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

ZACH Tuohy is “confident” his body is ready for the rigours of AFL after getting through his return in Geelong’s VFL win over Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.

The veteran defender, who had 14 disposals before sitting out most of the last quarter, was making his first appearance of 2019 after two off-season knee surgeries.

“I didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but did enough for me to feel I can play,” Tuohy said.

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“So, I feel pretty confident off the back of that, to be honest.

“I want to get back in as soon as possible, but I don’t want to get back if I’m not 100 per cent.”

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With the Cats having the bye in the VFL next week, it appears likely that Tuohy, who had played 138 consecutive games before the surgery, will play against West Coast next week at AFL level.

The Irishman says he could have just kept training in preparation for his return at senior level.

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“I could have gone through training, but it would have taken an extra two or three weeks,” Tuohy said.

“So, why not just get it done as quick as possible.

“I haven’t played since the (elimination) final last year, so that’s a pretty big chunk of time to just go back into AFL.

“This is probably the quickest path to getting back.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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