Former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd believes Geelong has to make a number of hard list management decisions during the off-season.
Following a dispirited 29-point loss to Melbourne on Friday night and another inglorious finals exit, Lloyd said Geelong’s brand does not hold up in September.
“Geelong just don’t apply any pressure and they get found out in finals football.”
The three-time Coleman Medallist has pointed the finger at nearly a quarter of the Cats’ list, labelling them “list cloggers” that should either be traded or delisted.
“These guys have let Geelong down or don’t get opportunities, so what’s the point of having them on the list?
“(Lincoln) McCarthy, (Cory) Gregson never get their bodies right. Zac Smith was overlooked by a three-game player in (Ryan) Abbott.
“(Daniel) Menzel doesn’t apply enough pressure. (James) Parsons couldn’t get a game. (Stewart) Crameri and (Aaron) Black (are) list cloggers. Might be strong, but that’s where they’re at.”
Ex-Geelong star Jimmy Bartel agreed with Lloyd, stating the list has too many “insurance” players.
“Lloydy’s spot on and that’s the balance of making up your list. A lot of those guys are insurance plans, and you can’t have too many of those on your list,” Bartel added.
Lloyd’s 10 Cats who need to go: