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Familiar faces greet Taheny

Geelong draftee Cam Taheny. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG draftee Cam Taheny should have no trouble finding his feet at GMHBA Stadium with a couple of former schoolmates already at the Cats.

Taheny, who the Cats selected with pick No.50 in last week’s National Draft, attended Rostrevor College in Adelaide alongside 2018 draftees Jacob Kennerley and Ben Jarvis

The trio is also from the Eyre Peninsula also played with SANFL club Norwood when not on school duty.

“Spending the whole of their draft year with them and training for SA and then Norwood, there was a lot of road trips for the three of us,” Taheny said.

“Kenners was on the phone straight away, and Jarvo sent me a message as soon as he saw my name called out.

“They were probably just as happy as I was. So it’ll be good to learn off them and have that support around the club.

“It was a good connection to go through them and talk to the older boys and a few of the younger boys, which I’ll be spending a bit of time with.”

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Taheny has also crossed paths with Cats assistant coach Corey Enright, taking a pretty handy mark over the Hoops’ games record holder when he lined up for hometown Kimba in 2017.

However, Taheny has played down the grab.

“I think there’s a bit of mayo being put on about me sitting on his shoulders, but I got a little bit of a ride,” he recalled.

“To get the experience playing against him at my local club was definitely one I’ll cherish forever.

“To be with him now at the club, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Taheny, who represented SA at this year’s under-18 National Championships, has set himself the goal of playing in Geelong’s Round 1 clash with GWS Giants

“There’s a few steps and processes to go through,” he said.

“I want to earn the respect of the playing group and the staff and coaches first.

“I’ll do everything I can to put my name around the mark for Round 1, and we will see how we go.”

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