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Cats settle in Sydney

Geelong runs onto GMHBA Stadium in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A LIGHT training run and a recovery session at the beach has kicked off hub life for Geelong.

The Cats flew to Sydney on Sunday night and will be gone for at least a month, with a majority of the trip to be spent in Perth.

Football boss Simon Lloyd confirmed all 46 players have made the trip, including Gary Ablett, who revealed on Sunday on social media his son, Levi, is battling a degenerative disorder.

We may be playing games with short turnarounds; who knows what the future holds, so we’ve brought a big squad with us,” Lloyd said.

“At different points, they’ll be able to play match simulation against other clubs, which will be great.

“We thought it would be a great learning opportunity for a lot of those younger players over the coming weeks.”

Lloyd said Ablett would be free to return to Geelong if the situation arose that he was needed at home.

“‘It goes without saying that it’s family first,” Lloyd said.

“The AFL has guaranteed they will assist players and staff in returning home on compassionate grounds.

“Gary put it out there on his Instagram account, and he’s received a lot of love and support, and he’s in a good place.”

Lloyd said the move to Sydney has come with challenges.

Players not selected on Thursday night for the clash with the Brisbane Lions may miss out on match practice against another club, while he said the Cats are hoping to train on the SCG.

“We’ve put in a request; that’ll be determined in the coming days,” he said.

“We’ve arrived here and there a lot of things that are up in the air. It’s not your normal season; things are uncertain, and there still needs to be some relative calmness.

We’re hoping to have our final training session – even if it’s in runners – out on the SCG.

“If not, we’ll be fine and will prepare accordingly.”

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