GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Joel Selwood (L) and Oscar Brownless of the Cats compete during a Geelong Cats AFL training session at the Deakin University Elite Sports Precinct on January 22, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Former Geelong forward Oscar Brownless has signed with SANFL side South Adelaide for the 2022 season, becoming the latest AFL departee to join the Panthers.

Brownless is set to join former Hawks tall Keegan Brooksby, ex-Blue Sam Ramsay and delisted Saints defender Oscar Clavarino in heading to Noarlunga this off-season.

The son of Cats great Billy Brownless, Oscar joined Geelong via the 2018 National Draft as a father-son selection, however failed to feature at AFL level across his three-year tenure with the club.

Brownless averaged 22.3 touches per game this year for the Cats' VFL side, featuring further up the ground throughout the season.

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The 21-year-old is likely to be utilised in South Adelaide's engine room for next season, with Panthers football boss Brent Reilly flagging Brownless may benefit from further exposure in the midfield.

"We like Oscar's endurance, aggression and competitiveness which will see him fit in well with our experienced midfield group with the likes of Bryce Gibbs and Keegan Brooksby," Reilly told the club website.

"He is a hard-running midfielder with excellent decision making and ball use, but can also play across half-forward or on the wing.

"More importantly Oscar is a great person and will certainly fit in with our culture and help us as a group take that next step."

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The Panthers amassed a preliminary final finish to their 2021 campaign, with the club hoping to go a step further next year following a prominent list revamp.

South Adelaide have seen as many as 18 players depart this off-season, including No.1 Pick Jason Horne-Francis to North Melbourne and swingman Sam Skinner, who has joined Port Adelaide.

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