Chris Scott Coach Chris Scott says THE NICK Daicos of Ireland deserve to debut as supreme leaders. despite only playing three games for Geelong’s VFL team.
Oisin Mullin will make his debut in the Cats’ defense when they host GWS at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday alongside fellow Irishmen Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor on the Cats’ 22.
Mullin, a former GAA Young Footballer of the Year, joined Geelong from Mayo at the end of last year as a Category B rookie after several Cats Premiership players traveled to Ireland following their final victory in 2022.
Tuohy likened Mullin to Collingwood’s young superstar Daicos leaving the AFL and joining Gaelic football in Ireland.
The 23-year-old has been handed a chance during Geelong’s injury crisis, but Scott says Mullin made his debut as a result of his quick adaptation to the AFL.
When asked about Tuohy’s bold words, Scott joked that Mullin was already better than the dicos.
“We felt that he (Mullin) could come in and fulfill our real needs. But it was amazing,” Scott said Friday.
“I think it’s an unrealistic expectation for all the Irish people out there doing the same as those (Tuohy and O’Connor).
“(Mullin) will not be a substitute. he will not be held back He’ll be in the action right from the start. It was great.”
“We’re not worried about the cutting and pressing of the AFL footy and the speed of it. Its physical condition would be a problem for him.
“While it might seem a bit rushed for some people… we thought it wouldn’t be an issue for us to play him three weeks ago.”
Superstar forward Jeremy Cameron sent a brief via the Cats as he left practice early on Friday.
Geelong is without Premiership heroes Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie, Rhys Stanley and Gary Rohan, while young speedster Max Holmes underwent knee surgery this week after being in excellent form over the past month.
“He’s fine, he doesn’t usually do much in these sessions. But I saw it too. So I went down for an extra thorough check… but they confirmed he was fine,” Scott said of Cameron.
“Obviously he didn’t do anything after the game. (with Fremantle) or during the week So I understand he is in good shape.
Geelong’s Premiership campaign is flat at 5-5 after losing two in a row before facing the Giants.
The GWS are ranked 15th with a 3-7 record but have won their last two games at GMHBA Stadium and will be determined to lift captain Toby Greene’s 200th match.