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“Really proud”

Joel Selwood will become the first Geelong player to 350 VFL/AFL games on Saturday night. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JOEL Selwood concedes it’s hard to find the words to describe what it means to play his 350th AFL match.

The Geelong captain will become the first in the club’s history to reach the milestone and 21st in VFL/AFL history when he leads the Cats out for Saturday night’s clash with the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium.

Coincidentally, the Bulldogs were Geelong’s opponent when Selwood made his debut in the opening round of the 2007 season.

“I’m, obviously, really proud,” he said.

“I tried to sum it up earlier in the week with a piece I did with the club, but I really haven’t got the words for it.”

“I love this club – (I) always have, even when I wasn’t here.

“And I understand it’s pretty special for the club, too.

“I’m just going to enjoy the moment that it is.”

Selwood said he wouldn’t be treating tomorrow night any differently than the other 349 he’s played.

“I just plan to play each game pretty similar … and I don’t try to confuse it, and I’ve done that my whole career,” he said.

“This one, there’s a little bit playing around on the outside.

“But, it’s one (where) I look forward to just running through that banner tomorrow night and being ready for the Bulldogs.”

Chris Scott was also full of praise for Selwood, who has captained Geelong in all but one of the coach’s 12 seasons in charge.

“I feel so privileged to have worked with such a great captain,” he said.

“I think the positional comparisons are hard, but I’ll just say it, and I think I’ve said it before, that I find it hard to compare eras, but he’s the best player I’ve seen in my time when you take everything into consideration.

“In terms of impact on a football club and assistance to a head coach, I can’t think of any better.”

Click below to listen to the media conference with Joel Selwood & Chris Scott.

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