Forgotten Cat earns final spot on Geelong list ahead of national draft

Sam Simpson is the latest Geelong player to be given a new contract ahead of the national draft later in November.

The 24-year-old midfielder has made just 19 appearances for the Cats, and none in 2022. He played in Geelong’s losing grand final against Richmond in 2020 and made a qualifying final the following year, but a pre-season concussion earlier this year saw his playing time limited.

Simpson played Geelong’s final four VFL season but was unable to break into the AFL side that won the premiership in 2022.

Geelong Chief Football Officer Simon Lloyd hailed Simpson’s ability to return to the top level when announcing the one-year contract.

“First and foremost, Sam is a quality young man who has worked tremendously hard and diligently for several months to get back to playing football this season,” Lloyd told the club’s website.

“Sam has the ability to play as an inside midfielder, defender or half-forward and we’ve seen enough of that in his 19 AFL games to recognize his talent and strong work ethic.

“We know that with Sam’s professionalism he will continue to develop his game and we look forward to seeing Sam back at senior level in 2023.”

Geelong takes picks 7, 58 and 64 in the national draft, which takes place November 28-29.