Simpkin gets another AFL chance

Geelong has elevated Colac’s Joffy Simpkin off its rookie list for the second time this season.

GEELONG Football Club hopes to give former Colac footballer Joffy Simpkin a second opportunity in the AFL in coming weeks.

The club has elevated Simpkin off its rookie list for the second time this season after it sent midfielder Josh Cowan for surgery on a troublesome leg injury, ending his 2012 campaign.

Cats assistant coach Dale Amos said Simpkin’s promotion was well deserved following his form in Geelong’s VFL team.

“His form’s been really good in the VFL, he’s only had one opportunity at AFL level but that’s more through lack of opportunities than anything else, we hope he might get another chance by the end of the year,” he said.

“Joffy was the first to come in after the opportunity arose after Josh Cowan was put on the injury list, so we brought him up in case a chance became available to play.”

Amos said yesterday the promotion did not mean Simpkin was in line for the Cats to take on Hawthorn in tonight’s blockbuster at the MCG.

“It just means that he’ll hopefully get a chance in coming weeks, depending on how things fall he might get a chance,” he said.

“Hawthorn is probably the best side in the comp at the moment, our form the past couple of weeks has been good so we’re looking forward to it, it’ll be good to see where we’re at.”

Simpkin got his first taste of senior football in the Cats’ round nine win against Western Bulldogs but returned to the rookie list following the return of midfielder Daniel Menzel.

The club has since promoted rookies Josh Walker and Bell Park premiership player Jackson Sheringham, showing the Cats have plenty of depth at their disposal.

“The guys we bring in are based on what’s gone out, we need certain players to fit a need,” Amos said.

“It’s been encouraging, the VFL team’s been in good form and

that puts pressure on players in the AFL side and gives it good depth,” he said.

“It’s also encouraging they’ve been able to come in and play well.

“We think Joff could come in and do what the others have done – we’re confident he’s ready to play and when he gets the opportunity he’ll play well.”

Geelong’s VFL team sits third on the ladder with a 10-4 record after 14 rounds, with Simpkin kicking 11 goals and featuring in the best seven times.

Simpkin’s younger brother Tom plays with AFL club St Kilda, which takes on Collingwood tomorrow.

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