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Lack of recruiting hurt: Clark

Can Geelong West return to the finals in 2020? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

CO-coach Andrew Clark has conceded Geelong West’s lack of recruiting ahead of the 2019 season was a factor in the club failing to repeat its drought-breaking finals appearance of the previous year.

The Giants were one of the feelgood local football stories of 2018 after reaching the final five for the first time since 1997 and beating Bannockburn in the elimination final.

However, West battled to cope with a mounting injury list last year and dropped to eighth on the ladder with 7½ wins.

“We probably didn’t recruit as well as we should have after making finals,” Clark told krockfootball.com.au’s Season Countdown.

“We probably thought that we only needed a couple of players to top up, and we got those couple getting Tim (Wight) in and a couple of others. But with the injuries we got, we just didn’t have that depth there.

“So, at the end of last season, Mitch and I sat down and (decided) we needed more depth.

“Which means we had to go out (and recruit), and as you can see, we’ve picked up 10 or 12 players, which we feel we needed, not only to have a good list but to have depth if we lose those 3-4 players through injury.”

Click HERE to listen to the full interview with Geelong West co-coaches Andrew Clark and Mitch Wight.

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