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No easy ride for George

George Horlin-Smith leads Geelong into the rooms following the win over Collingwood. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

GEORGE Horlin-Smith could see the irony in his 50th game for Geelong being as the result of a late withdrawal of a teammate.

The 25-year-old has found himself on the fringe for much of his seven seasons at GMHBA Stadium, aside from playing 21 of a possible 24 games in 2014.

After an impressive display in the win over Port Adelaide in Round 5, Horlin-Smith was concussed the following week against Sydney.

That forced him to miss the win over Greater Western Sydney, and then he was initially left out of the Cats line-up that defeated Collingwood by 21 points.

However, Scott Selwood’s withdrawal on Saturday with a back issue opened the door for Horlin-Smith to return.

“It’s AFL footy, it’s a tough industry. All the boys have to really earn their games,” Horlin-Smith told K rock Football.

“It’s a small milestone, but it’s nice to get it under the belt, too.”

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