Former Geelong coach Mark Thompson says he would keep every one of the Cats’ aging premiership stars if he was still coach of the club.
Geelong coach Chris Scott has indicated that the club may move on several of their older players in order to revitalise their list.
However, Mark Thompson believes that the likes of Jimmy Bartel, Steve Johnson, Andrew Mackie, Matthew Stokes, James Kelly and Corey Enright are still among the club’s best players and should be re-signed for next season.
“Absolutely (they should stay) … when they win, they’re all playing well, they do, they’re good players still,” Thompson said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“Geelong have got nine players over 30 and Hawthorn have seven.
“(Brian) Lake, (Sam) Mitchell, (Shaun) Burgoyne, (Josh) Gibson, (David) Hale, (Luke) Hodge and (Jordan) Lewis is 29. So that’s the core of their team — the best part of their team — and when they play well, the team plays well.
“Geelong have Enright, Stevie Johnson, Lonergan, Mackie, Kelly, Bartel, McIntosh, Rivers and Stokes. Two ring-ins, McIntosh and Rivers, they’ll go and that will leave them with seven, like Hawthorn.”