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Stewart making strides

Tom Stewart in action during 2021. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TOM Stewart is on track to be right for the official start of Geelong’s pre-season next month as he puts a foot injury that prematurely ended his season behind him.

The Carji Greeves medalist suffered a lisfranc injury at training before the Round 22 clash with St Kilda and missed the rest of the season, cruelling the Cats’premiership hopes.

Football boss Simon Lloyd says the 28-year-old has been back at GMHBA Stadium in recent weeks, where he is completing twice-weekly 10km sessions.

“He’s building up his loading and doing everything from change of direction, running, jumping and kicking,” Lloyd said.

“He’s been fastidious with his attention to detail, particularly ticking off all his performance indicators.”

“He’s been guided very closely by our strength and conditioning and physio departments, and we’re liaising closely with external experts.”

“Tom’s focus is on being in a good place prior to the start of pre-season.

“He’s really excited and ready to have some fun leading into the pre-season.”

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Lloyd said Stewart, who has played 106 games since being drafted at the end of 2016, is keen to build on the best season of his career so far.

“He’s in a really good place,” Lloyd said. “His big focus is on being a better athlete and footballer than he’s ever been before.”

“He’s been very measured, and everything’s planned, and we’re very happy with his progress.”

Geelong’s first-to-fourth-year players return to training on November 29, with the remainder of the playing group due on December 6.

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