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Stengle no concern for Cats

Tyson Stengle in action for Adelaide against Geelong in 2020. (AAP Image)

GEELONG is confident Tyson Stengle’s past is behind him ahead of joining the club as a delisted free agent.

The former Richmond and Adelaide small forward has nominated the Cats as his preferred destination as he looks to resume his stalled AFL career.

It follows a standout season with SANFL premier Woodville-West Torrens following his axing by the Crows for an off-field indiscretion.

Stengle can be signed by Geelong when his delisting by Adelaide is formalised on October 31.

“We’ve done our research, we’ve made our enquiries,” Cats list boss Stephen Wells said.

“And I think that we had a good bit of inside knowledge, too, through having Eddie Betts come and join our club and be able to pick his brain about Tyson Stengle, who he has great faith in.

“It was another piece of information that we were able to use and gather

“Tyson has convinced us that he’s put his past behind him and looking forward to a great future.”

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Geelong has also been linked to former Cats rookie Blake Schlensog and ex-Adelaide key defender Daniel Talia as delisted free agents.

Wells says former Geelong Falcon Schlensog is “one that we are considering”.

“(Blake) had a great year over at South Fremantle and did a good job,” he said.

“His efforts playing for South Fremantle in a really good competition over there in the WAFL were worthy of notice, not just by us, I’m sure, but by every AFL club.”

However, Wells gave the impression that Talia, who was let go by the Crows after 200 games in 12 years at the end of this season, wasn’t in Geelong’s plans.

“We’ll make some decisions now that trade period is over,” he said.

“But, we’re confident that the players we’ve got now to play in our backline can take us into 2022 with a lot of confidence.”

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