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“A month behind” but on track

Patrick Dangerfield at training earlier in February. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PATRICK Dangerfield admits he is “a month behind” where he would like to be in his preparation for the 2021 season but hasn’t ruled out taking part in Geelong’s practise match against Collingwood on February 26.

The star midfielder has battled groin soreness resulting in treatment in Adelaide but says he is now pain-free.

“It’s all pretty positive at the moment,” Dangerfield said. “We had a good hitout today, and that was sort of my first match sim – albeit not a huge amount but a little bit – which is good.

“At the moment, it’s building really well. With border closures, I haven’t been over to South Australian in a couple of weeks, but all things are pointing in the right direction.

“I should be right to go come the AAMI Series and the start of the season.”

However, Dangerfield, who enters the season on 269 career games isn’t concerned if he doesn’t participate in next week’s practice match or the pre-season hit-out against Essendon at GMHBA Stadium on March 6.

“If I’m ready, I’m ready to go,” the 30-year-old said. “If not, we’ll give it an extra week.

“Players are pretty fine-tuned now. I don’t think I need too much in terms of games before the actual season starts.

“And it doesn’t feel like it was all that long ago that the season finished.

“It’s horses for courses, but, at the moment, everything’s pretty promising.”

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