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Season over for Parfitt

A hamstring injury has ended the season of Geelong midfielder Brandan Parfitt. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG will be without hard-working midfielder Brandan Parfitt for the remainder of its 2021 campaign after scans confirmed a high-grade hamstring tear.

The 23-year-old, who suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday night’s semi-final win over the GWS Giants, is due to undergo surgery in Perth later this week.

The club expects he will be right for the start of pre-season, which will be no earlier than mid-December for the five-years plus Cats.

Teammate Isaac Smith says the pressure provided by Parfitt, who is Geelong’s No.1 tackler, will be missed.

“That’s what other teams and other people in the competition highlight – that he’s so good at bringing the opposition down, and he’s quick feet around the stoppages,” Smith said.

“He’s a big loss, but I’ve played in plenty of big games where you don’t have your best players playing.”

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Smith admits he “underrated” Parfitt before the former Hawks arrived at the club late last year.

“Once I saw what he did on the field, he’s pretty important to us.

“It’s a big loss, (but) we’ve also got a few blokes in the wings that have been champing at the bit.

“We’re pretty lucky with the depth we’ve got going through the midfield.”

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