Geelong VFL coach Shane O’Bree hopes Colac Tigers young gun Kody Spokes will return for another crack next year after persistent injuries ultimately cost him a spot with the Cats this season.
Geelong officials have reduced their list from 60 to 40 following three months of training, with Colac footballers Sam McLachlan and Campbell Floyd, and former Tiger Jack Berry, still in the mix.
The club will lodge a final list of 24 players and around six to 12 development players by the end of March.
Spokes, 21, tore the meniscus in his left knee during the 2016 Geelong Football League season, and an operation in July brought an early end to his year.
O’Bree said the young midfielder, who is a cousin of Geelong AFL footballer Darcy Lang, returned to full training three weeks ago, before suffering a soft-tissue injury which cost him a spot.
O’Bree said he was disappointed for Spokes.
“Unfortunately Kody couldn’t really get up, he was pretty much restricted all the way through pre-season,” he said.
“He had knee operation at the end of last year, then it was niggling until the last week of January.
“He had one week on the track three weeks ago and his body let him down again with a slight adductor strain.
“It’s more frustrating for Kody, because he hadn’t been able to get out and show us what he’s got.”
Spokes was enjoying a breakout season with Colac last year before injury hit.
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