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Bye record not a focus for Cats

Can Geelong end its hoodoo of losses coming off the mid-season bye? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JOEL Selwood says Geelong’s inability to win the week following the mid-season bye hasn’t been discussed in the lead-up to Thursday night’s clash with Port Adelaide.

The Cats skipper says his team doesn’t need any more motivation outside a match-up with the fifth-placed Power to end a hoodoo stretching back to 2012.

“We haven’t spoken about it (losses off the bye), but we understand we’re playing one of the sides that are going to be there at the end of the year,” Selwood said.

“And that’s got us excited enough to get over there and really challenge ourselves against what we think is a side that’s going to be right up there when the whips are cracking.

“We need to get our balance right in playing well and just keep our concentration levels up, too, to make sure we get the result we want.”

The timing of the match was only confirmed late on Tuesday morning after the AFL was able to secure an exemption for Geelong to fly-in and fly-out of Adelaide on Thursday.

The Cats are also in a quarantine bubble. Since 5pm Monday, they have only been allowed out of their homes or hotel accommodation for training until they travel to Avalon Airport for their charter flight to the City of Churches.

Selwood says travelling to Adelaide on the day of the game and the quarantine situation aren’t a concern for him or his teammates.

“There’s not too much we can control except do the right thing,” he said.

“It’s just make sure that we listen during meetings. It’s all been really pretty clear to us what we need to do.

“Collingwood did it last week and did it quite well, coming away with four points.”

Geelong could welcome back as many as five players for the match-up with the Power – the first between the two clubs since last year’s qualifying final at Adelaide Oval.

Mitch Duncan (concussion), Mark Blicavs (calf), Cam Guthrie (shoulder) should all be right after missing the win over Collingwood before the bye.

Mark O’Connor (hamstring) is also in the frame, while Patrick Dangerfield (syndesmosis) remains a chance to play his first game since the Round 5 win over North Melbourne.

“Whether he plays this week or next week, it’s up to himself and Chris (Scott) to work through,” Selwood said.

“He’s got himself in a condition that he’s definitely thereabouts to be picked.”

Click below to listen to the entire media conference with Joel Selwood.