Geelong’s post-season recruiting spree will see it take a reduced primary list into the 2016 season.
The Cats will take four new players in tonight’s national draft in Adelaide, despite having six spots still available on its list.
The recruitment of Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Selwood, Lachie Henderson and Zac Smith will be helped to fit into the salary cap by having two less players on Geelong’s senior list than it did in 2015.
Clubs must have 44 players on their list, but that can be through 38 on the primary list and six rookies, 39 and five or 40 and four.
“We’re going to have 38 and six rookies,” Geelong recruiting manager Stephen Wells said.
“It’s mainly a total player payments decision, so that’s what we’re going to have.
“We’ll still have the 44 players but we’re going to have four picks at this year’s national draft and three in the rookie draft.”
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