Geelong manager not ruling out young Cat for Grand Final despite hamstring injury

Geelong manager Chris Scott remains confident that Max Holmes can return in next Saturday’s grand final.

The young cat was visibly distressed after appearing to suffer a hamstring injury in the third quarter of Geelong’s monster 71-point Preliminary Final win over Brisbane.

With his Grand Final dream all but over after leaving the MCG, Scott remains confident the 20-year-old has a chance to play in next week’s showpiece event.

“It’s not like an injury that’s going to absolutely rule him out,” Scott told reporters after the game.

“They haven’t given me any details yet, except they’re optimistic he’ll play. To me, it didn’t look like that, so it made a good night better.

“I went down (to the rooms) thinking the worst, but I bounced out of the rooms.

“It’s not a certainty but the quality of our medical staff, when they say they are optimistic, it puts me on my toes.

“I don’t have all the information, I just trust the doctors.”

Holmes was a revelation for Geelong, playing 18 games in just his second season at AFL level.

Geelong will face either Sydney or Collingwood in the grand final next Saturday afternoon.