by Lachlan Cowlishaw and Ben Martin
GEELONG Football Club captain Joel Selwood says Colac’s Darcy Lang is a chance to make his AFL debut for the Cats later this month.
Lang is in contention for a spot in the Cats’ second NAB Challenge pre-season match after missing Geelong’s opening round win against Collingwood.
Geelong takes on Melbourne at Darwin’s TIO Traeger Park on February 28 before an AFL practice match against North Melbourne in March.
Lang recovered from a serious leg injury and has returned to full training after the Cats picked him up with pick 16 in last year’s AFL draft.
Selwood, who spoke to the Colac Herald at the Cats’ community camp in Colac yesterday, said Lang was getting closer to playing a game.
“He’s coming back from a broken leg but he’s not too far away, he might get a go up in Alice Springs if everything goes right,” he said.
“Hopefully his next couple of weeks of training are good so he puts his hand up for selection.”
Lang said he was match fit and ready to play for his first game for Geelong if selected.
“The leg’s been pulling up really well from all the trainings we’ve had so it’s been good so far,” he said.
“I’m match fit, no first-years obviously played in the first NAB game but I’ll see if I can put my name up for selection in the second one.”
Lang said he hoped to line-up against Melbourne in a fortnight.
“I’m hoping to play in the next NAB game, I’m hoping my leg doesn’t get any worse or anything but playing a game is definitely one of my goals for the pre-season,” he said.
The former Colac Tigers footballer has been living at Geelong and adjusting to life as an AFL player.
Lang said he enjoyed being close to home but said he was unlikely to be in Colac much after the season started.
“Living in Geelong has been a real bonus, I can come home pretty much every weekend so far but I haven’t been coming home every weekend,” he said.
“I’ve sort of been trying to see what I can get up to down in Geelong but once the season starts it will be much less.”