In the aftermath of his side’s Grand Final loss, Geelong coach Chris Scott wasn’t in the mood for one topic.
The Cats looked headed for a famous victory after dominating the Tigers in the opening half, only to be overrun before eventually falling 12.9 (81) to 7.8 (50).
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Scott came under heavy fire from several legends of the game when he opted to leave star Patrick Dangerfield in attack as Richmond took control of the contest in the third quarter.
But it was in his press conference when he shut down talk about the future and one star who has been linked with the club.
GWS star Jeremy Cameron informed the Giants last week he wanted to explore his options with the Cats emerging as the frontrunner to land the restricted free agent.
Scott revealed on AFL 360 last week he had spoken to Cameron over the past four to six weeks and the club was interested in luring the 2019 Coleman Medalist to Geelong.
“All clubs do that (speak with free agents). Most of the time that’s due diligence on the part of the player, more so the prospective club, and that’s been the case in my time in footy, certainly my coaching time,” Scott said on AFL 360.
“We’ve had an interest in Jeremy for a long time, probably from the day he was eligible to play AFL footy. But in our process, I’m quite late to the party when it comes to those discussions.
On Saturday night he wasn’t in the mood to talk about the star forward joining Geelong’s squad.
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Next question.Source:Getty Images
After talking about how Richmond’s style got the better of the Cats in the second half of the contest, Scott was asked how Cameron would help reshape the structure of the team.
“I’m still … I might not know as much as you do, but all I know is that he’s made a, he’s told GWS that he’d like to leave and free agency starts on the 30th of October,” Scott said.
“I actually don’t think it’s that palatable for clubs to be talking about players that they’re going to bring in before the formal process is seen through.
“He’s not an unrestricted free agent. Clearly I have allowed myself to dream a little bit about what he’d be like in our team, but it’s just not the right time for me to speculate because it’s going to take a lot of hard work and time with the coaches and senior players to work through how we might adjust our plan to play a bit better.”
The Cats enter the off-season holding three first round draft picks, a situation any team in the competition would love to be in coming off a Grand Final run.
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Cameron would add another weapon to Geelong’s arsenal.Source:Herald Sun
Scott received plenty of praise for his press conference after he praised Richmond for their stunning efforts after claiming their third premiership over the past four seasons.
But it was his decision to leave Dangerfield in the forward half that raised the eyebrows of many throughout the game.
Scott admitted he’d discussed moving Dangerfield into the midfield with the Cats star when he came to the bench midway through the third quarter.
He still didn’t do it.
“We decided to leave him ahead of the ball and back that we could get that contest and stoppage ascendancy back,” Scott said.
“(We thought) if we could give him a chance (in attack) that would be our best chance to score.”
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Scott wasn’t prepared to say he got it wrong post-match, describing the decision as “always a hard one”.
“The result (of the game) always tends to skew your thinking more than it probably should,” he added.
Dangerfield played a straight bat when asked if he felt better suited to play forward or in the middle. “It’s whatever helps us win,” he said.
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