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Another Guthrie making his mark

Josh Guthrie in action for Geelong’s VFL team on Friday night. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

WHEN you think of the Chappell brothers, the names Ian and Greg immediately spring to mind.

Trevor’s name gets a mention whenever the famous underarm incident is mentioned.

Same with the Waughs – everyone knows of Stephen and Mark, but Dean’s name is rarely mentioned alongside his more famous older twin brothers despite playing at first-class level.

Nankervis, Ablett, Mooney, Hawkins, Malakellis and Selwood are among the siblings to represent Geelong over the years.

You can probably add Guthrie to that list this season with Zach expected to be called up off the rookie list to join older brother Cam in the Cats’ line-up at some stage in 2017 – possibly as early as this week.

Another brother, Josh, is quietly going about making his mark at Simonds Stadium.

A late developer, the 20-year-old has spent the past two seasons on the development list of the Cats’ VFL side but is believed to be close to securing a spot on their main list for the 2017 season.

The Cats are impressed with Guthrie’s development over the summer and his first two performances in their practice match series.

On Friday night he got the chance to play alongside Cam and Zach for the first time, albeit in a practice game, in Geelong’s 29-point loss to Essendon at Simonds Stadium.

Guthrie had 22 touches playing off half-back against the Bombers and has some similar traits to his older brother Cam.

The club is keen to finalise its VFL list in the next week before its third practice match against North Ballarat at Simonds Stadiu on Saturday. Coach Shane O’Bree said Guthrie was one of several players under serious consideration for the final few spots available.

“Josh has had a really good pre-season,” O’Bree said of the 182cm utility.

“He’s looking bigger to me and he looks like he’s fitter to cover the ground better, which has been where he’s needed to work on his game.

“To see the way he performed, he’s still learning the game, still misses a few kicks and handballs here and there, but you can’t fault his intent and the direction he’s heading in.

“So he’s putting himself in a good spot to get on our VFL list.

“We’ve got until the 27th of March to lodge our list so this week we’ll definitely have a VFL list management meeting and make a few decisions.”

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