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New Cats keen for fresh start

Chloe Scheer in action for Adelaide. (AAP Image/Sam Wundke)

GEELONG’S latest AFLW additions have both welcomed the chance for a fresh start in their football careers after officially joining the club during the week.

The Cats added Chantel Emonson from Melbourne and Adelaide premiership player Chloe Scheer during the Sign and Trade Period.

Emonson, who played eight games in the 2021 season for a career total of 22, says she has weighed up her options following the Demons’ preliminary final exit.

“At the end of the day, this is the best opportunity for me moving forward,” the 28-year-old said.

“It creates an opportunity both on and off the field for me to explore and further develop my game, which is something I’m really looking forward to.

“It wasn’t until after the season concluded that I sat down and thought about what was next for me.

“But they (Geelong) have been wonderful for me in allowing me the time to make my decision.”

After missing the 2020 season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the Crows’ 2019 premiership win over Carlton, Scheer returned to action this year.

The lifelong Geelong supporter played nine games in 2021, including the grand final loss to Brisbane, for a career total of 17.

She kicked five goals, including two in Adelaide’s preliminary final win.

“When you get your favourite club interested in you, I think it’s pretty cool,” the 21-year-old.

“Also, I feel, at the moment, in life, and where my footy’s at and where I’ve been able to get myself to, I just needed a fresh start.

“I’ve been at Adelaide for three years, and there’s been a lot of injuries and stuff even though I’ve was able to play my first full season this year.

“I just feel like it’s the perfect time to get a really fresh start and try and take my footy to the next level.”

Emonson is confident she can impact Geelong’s inexperienced group, which has farewelled seven players since the end of the season, including veteran ruck Aasta O’Connor, star onballer Olivia Purcell, and forward Richelle Cranston.

“That’s something that I’m really looking forward to,” she said.

“They’re such a young group, but they’re quite an exciting group, I think.

“Complementing that and developing the girls, both on and off the field, I’m really looking forward to that as well.”

Scheer, who will move to Geelong later this year with fiancee Danielle, is looking forward to showcasing her talents at the Cats.

“I think there’s a lot of things that I can do that not a lot of other people can do,” she said.

“I’ve always loved playing in front of a big crowd, and I know Geelong’s got a big crowd.”

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