GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats looks on during the 2016 AFL Round 19 match between the Geelong Cats and the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium on July 29, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Geelong coach Chris Scott has returned to training after being granted compassionate leave from the club late last year.

Scott was given indefinite leave by the club following the sudden death of his younger brother in late November.

The premiership winning coach returned to the club last week as the Cats’ began their 2017 training program.

Captain Joel Selwood told the Geelong Advertiser it is great to have the premiership winning coach back at the club.

“It is good, he’s back at training now, and it was good for him to have some time away, to freshen up and to look after himself,” Selwood said.

“It’s hard in this game to sometimes find that time and we were able to give that to him and I think he really respected that.”

Meanwhile, Selwood is fighting fit ahead of the JLT Community Series, after a frustrating pre-season in 2016, in which he was made to prove his fitness just days before Round 1 in a VFL practice match due to a serious foot injury.

“It’s good to be out there with the boys,” Selwood said.

“Now it’s just about making sure the body’s right, getting through each session and doing well.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 23: Joel Selwood of the Cats looks dejected after losing the AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“I’m feeling good at the moment. Most of the group are. We get Hawk (Tom Hawkins) back this week and a couple of others will come back over the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve had a couple of tough days during the week — Wednesday and Friday — which was good, and we had a group down at Eastern Beach this morning, so the boys are as good as what we want them to be at this time of the year.

“But we’ve got some work to do before we get to the first pre-season game.”