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Captaincy joy for Geue

New Newcomb captain Joel Geue (middle with ball) with the skippers of the other BFL clubs. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JOEL Geue’S 2018 season was over in a matter of minutes, but the regard in which the star forward is held at Newcomb has seen him elevated to a share of the captaincy in 2019.

Geue, who joined the Power from Wimmera league powerhouse Horsham Demons in late 2017, snapped his Achilles in the opening moments of the Round 1 loss to Barwon Heads, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

“To be recognised by the playing group and the coaches is a pretty good feeling,” he said.

“I feel as though I got along with most of the guys – even the new guys – pretty well.”

Geue, who will share the role with Kane Parish admits it was tough watching in the weeks following his injury, but says being involved in a coaching role helped him build relationships with his new teammates.

“It was pretty hard for a start, but Rory got me in and asked if I wanted to be involved with the forward line coaching,” he said.

“So that was still pretty good because I could form a bit of a bond with the playing group. That made it a lot easier this year.”

While his reputation is as a forward, Geue hasn’t ruled out playing further up the ground, especially with Andrew Mead-Harding and Andrew Steele showing they are more than capable in front of goal.

“Probably a bit of everywhere. Maybe on-ball a little bit as well,” he said.

“But with our forward line, it’s pretty versatile that I think we’ll all spend a bit of time deep, a bit of time up the ground.

“It will be all over the place.”

Geue is also looking forward to playing with start recruits James Hussey and Logan Wagener.

“Logan’s pretty vocal, Huss is a bit of a quite character, but his performance out on the track – his standards are high,” Geue said.

“Against Melton (Centrals), he just took the game apart.

“And how he’s starting to settle in a bit, he’s a bit more vocal, and he’s talking a lot more behind the scenes.

“Both of their training standards have lifted the whole group.”

The Power opens its 2019 campaign with a trip to Ocean Grove on April 6.