Michael Luxford in action for Geelong against Footscray in the VFL. Source: GeelongAdvertiser.com.au.

Geelong rookie Michael Luxford, a possible inclusion for the Cat’s clash with Essendon on Saturday night, had not played a game of football two years ago.

Luxford represented Australia in basketball at the Junior World Championships and was considered an elite junior in the sport.

Towards the end of 2013, however, he opted to try another sport.

After several promising trials, the Cats had no hesitation in signing him as a category B rookie.

Geelong recruiting manager Stephen Wells said Luxford is an exciting prospect.

“It was an enormous decision for Michael and his family to go down a different path and choose footy,” Wells told the Cats’ website at the time.

“Michael is a very talented sportsman, a high achiever in basketball and school and after plenty of trials with him we can see genuine potential.”

Luxford played 17 games of VFL football for Geelong last season, before moving into the midfield this season, where he has been one of the most consistent performers for the season.

Small forward Lincoln McCarthy has been placed on the long term injury list, prompting Coach Chris Scott to elevate Luxford to the senior list.

The 20-year-old could make his debut as early as this week, with Mitch Clark ruled out with a calf injury.

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