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Method in his madness as Geelong coach Chris Scott puts one of AFL’s biggest stars ‘on ice’

Method in his madness as Geelong manager Chris Scott puts one of the AFL’s biggest stars ‘on ice’ for weeks as the Cats seek the first premiership in over a decade.

  • Geelong manager Chris Scott will rest Patrick Dangerfield who has a calf injury
  • He fears the 32-year-old Cats champion midfielder could be a passenger as he is out of shape
  • Dangerfield won’t play for at least three weeks, Cats want him fired in Finals

Geelong trainer Chris Scott has drawn a proverbial line in the sand on the injury management of battered Brownlow medalist Patrick Dangerfield.

Dangerfield, 32, will rest until after the break in three weeks as he recovers from a calf injury, the latest in a series of ailments troubling the Cats champion.

Scott says the decision may cost Geelong in the short term.

But the coach has gotten to the point where he wants Dangerfield to be at his best, not just struggling in games due to injury.

“When I reflect back on the last two years, we just haven’t had him laying off towards the end of the season,” Scott told reporters Wednesday.

Champion Geelong midfielder Patrick Dangerfield has been off the pace this season due to a nagging calf injury.

Champion Geelong midfielder Patrick Dangerfield has been off the pace this season due to a nagging calf injury.

Dangerfield's drop in form has Cats coach Chris Scott opting to rest the 32-year-old, with one eye on the Finals.

Dangerfield’s drop in form has Cats coach Chris Scott opting to rest the 32-year-old, with one eye on the Finals.

“So to go through a little short-term pain to get him in the best possible shape at the end of the year, that may well cost us down the road.”

“But in my opinion, that’s a better approach for us with him.

“Since there are two games before the bye, we can use that extra week (of bye), which is probably more than he actually needs.”

“We think he will have it in the best shape to have a very good run in the last few months of the season.”

Dangerfield had convinced Geelong’s trainers and doctors that he was able to play through some injuries from the first round.

“A big part of the problem right now with Pat is almost since the first round, he hasn’t been able to train very much,” Scott said.

He has just had a series of problems that have prevented him from training without necessarily preventing him from playing.

“And we’ve just gotten to that point now where we’re not going to take a chance that if we keep dragging our feet, he’s not going to be at his best.”

Scott said that Dangerfield “could be the most explosive player of his generation”, but that he currently lacked his renowned power.

“That lack of explosiveness that we’re seeing is due to a series of really significant corks that probably should have shut him out for a couple of games where he convinced us it can happen,” he said.

“So now we’ve put a line in the sand and said ‘we’re not going to accept that you can just pass, we want you to play when you can get back to your best.'”

Geelong last won the flag in 2011 in Scott’s first year as head coach.

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