MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - JUNE 11: Mitch Clark of Geelong celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 10 VFL match between the Footscray Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at Whitten Oval on June 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Brereton slams Cats’ decision to drop Clark

Dermott Brereton has slammed Geelong’s decision to drop forward Mitch Clark after just one game back in the seniors.

After four impressive performances in the VFL, Clark returned to the senior side last week, after over 12 months sidelined through injury.

Clark was then dropped from the Cats’ side to face Fremantle for tomorrow night when teams were released on Thursday, and Brereton was not impressed.

The former Hawthorn champion believes he should be given more time in the 22 to find form and to help determine the best side leading into finals.

“If he plays really well, he’ll be an absolute bonus for them. But only one game?” Brereton said on Fox Footy.

“How are you going to know if he cuts the mustard, whether he knows the traits of his teammates? You really need to see that over two to four weeks.

“So what does he do? Go back and find a few goals and come back in and give it another start? I reckon that’s a ridiculous decision.

“You’ve got to go into the last month, four games in a row, your last four games of the year with the team you want to turn to the finals with. They don’t know now.”

Clark finished with 10 disposals, three marks and three kicks against the Swans.


  1. A strong club will select a team based on form regardless of the players reputation or history or pity. It sends a good signal to those who are earning their keep.

  2. The day i listen to what that wanker brereton says will be the day i die. If Geelong stick with Clarke for 4 more weeks like that knob suggests, they won’t make the finals.

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