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Rohan ready to go

Geelong recruit Gary Rohan. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

GARY Rohan is counting down the days to the start of pre-season after his trade from Sydney to Geelong was confirmed on Wednesday morning.

The 27-year-old product, who has signed a two-year deal, will join the Cats free from injury after managing just 106 games in nine seasons with the Swans.

“It’s the first time I’ve needed no surgery in the off-season,” Rohan told krockfootball.com.au.

“It means I can knuckle down and have a good pre-season, which I’m looking forward to.

“Not many players say they’re looking forward to a pre-season – I haven’t really had a full one in nine years, so this will help me out.

“You see with players who move to a different club, it changes their careers. So, hopefully, I can knuckle down and do the same.”

Rohan, who was selected no.6 in the 2009 National Draft after impressing with the Geelong Falcons, has joined the Cats in exchange for the fourth-round draft pick (currently no.61) acquired in the trade that sent Linc McCarthy to Brisbane.

At his best, Rohan is a mixture of skill and aggression inside forward 50, highlighted by his 2016-17 seasons.

He kicked 47.27 and laid 104 tackles across 34 games in those two years, finishing equal fourth in Sydney’s goal kicking in both seasons.

Rohan is confident he can play a similar role for the Cats.

“I can play tall, or I can play small and bring the pressure that I know I can in the forward line,” he said.

“But, also, help out big out big ‘Tomahawk’ (Tom Hawkins).”

The Cobden product is looking forward to being closer to home after a trying year for him and wife Amie.

They welcomed twin daughters Bella and Willow into the world in April, however, Willow died five hours later after being diagnosed with anencephaly in utero.

“What we went through this year was pretty tough, and we noticed it would be good to have the family just around the corner when we needed them,” Rohan said.

“But, as a kid growing up, I always dreamt about playing for Geelong, and that was another reason (for nominating the Cats as his preferred destination).

“I think they’ve got a great list and I’m looking forward to hopefully being part of finals the next couple of years.”

Rohan is also looking forward to lining up alongside former Falcons teammate Luke Dahlhaus after he signed as a free agent last week.

“It will be good to have him back on the (same) team,” Rohan said.

“He’s got one over me. He got me in ‘granny’ (2016 grand final).

“Hopefully he doesn’t mention that.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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