The news isn’t good for fans of Geelong as the AFL club announced recently that Mitch Clark, Nathan Vardy and Steve Johnson have all suffered from preseason injuries. The 27-year-old Clark is dealing with a calf strain and isn’t taking part in full training strain. Clark joined Geelong last October after initially announcing that he’d retired from Melbourne. The player has suffered foot problems over the past few seasons and head coach Chris Scott originally believed he would be able to play on April 6th when Geelong meets Hawthorn in round one. The recent rash of injuries could affect punters when they take advantage of the BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet.
Steve Hocking, Geelong’s football manager, feels Clark will be ready for the season opener though and told the media, “Mitch has been training incredibly well so far and whilst this injury is unfortunate we don’t believe it will be something that will hamper his build up to the start of the season.” Bettors will be able to back Hocking’s men in the 2015 campaign via the BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet.
Clark has 97 AFL games under his belt and is looking forward to reviving his career with the Cats and hopes to return to training towards the end of January. However, the status of Vardy and Johnson may not be as clear cut. The 31-year-old Johnson has a tender foot and the club has given him a bit of a rest since it’s a recurring problem. Hocking said the team expects his foot to improve during his break and is hoping he can return to training shortly. He added, “Johnson has done a lot of work and has a lot of pre-season under his belt so a bit of down time right now won’t hurt him at all.”
As for the 23-year-old ruckman Vardy, his right knee was reconstructed in February of 2014 and he is scheduled to have scar tissue removed from it before the 2015 season gets underway. He reinjured the knee slightly just before Christmas, but was still able to train. His knee began to swell though and a trip to the doctor revealed that he needed to have the scar tissue removed. Hocking commented on Vardy’s condition by stating, “We view Nathan with an eye to the future so we are nipping this one in the bud before it can cause any problems down the track. However, it’s really hard to put a definitive time on when he’ll be available.”
Vardy and Clark both missed the 2014 AFL season, so the Cats are making sure they’re in top condition before returning to the team. Geelong opens its NAB Challenge season in Townsville on March 1 when they take on Gold Coast. Check the BetEasy AFL Bonus Bet for Geelong’s games in the upcoming campaign.