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Dahlhaus repays the faith


LUKE Dahlhaus has paid tribute to his Geelong teammates and the club’s coaching staff for their support as he battled his way through an “inconsistent” first half of the 2021 season.

The small forward has taken time to find his feet after a groin injury derailed his pre-season.

However, the former Western Bulldogs has still managed to feature in 12 of the Cats’ 13 matches in 2021.

He repaid that faith with an equal season-high 21 possessions and three inside 50s, and season-high six tackles in the win over his former club.

“I just haven’t been at my best; I’m my harshest critic, and I know that,” Dahlhaus told Bay 93.9’s The Sideline View.

“I’ve been working my arse off in the background.”

Dahlhaus says he isn’t fazed by the external noise about his spot in the team.

“What’s important to me is what happens inside the four walls of the club,” the 29-year-old said.

“They back me to the hills, and they know the pressure I bring every week is what gets me a game.

“Although people outside (the club) might think I shouldn’t be getting a game because I’m not getting a certain amount of disposals or goals, I know the boys and the coaches really appreciate the pressure that I put on.

“I can’t thank them enough for how much they back me.”

After overcoming fellow top-four contenders Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs, the Cats will head to Brisbane for a Thursday night meeting with the Lions.

“We’ve had a couple of games now that have been against some pretty high-quality teams,” Dahlhaus said.

“With Port last week, the Bulldogs, and Brisbane, it’s three teams that are going to be up in the finals at the end of the year.

“We’ve really concentrated on these three weeks, and we want to come away with three good wins.”

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