Patrick Dangerfield joined his new Geelong teammates at training for the first time on Wednesday and the prized recruit isn’t putting any limits on what the Cats can achieve next season.
Dangerfield was put through a light session at Newtown Oval after returning from Ireland with the Australian International Rules team on Monday night.
The 25-year-old’s much-publicised move from Adelaide in the off-season is a key driver of the renewed sense of optimism at Geelong, with club chief executive Brian Cook openly declaring a top-four finish is their aim on the back of a recruiting spree that also netted Lachie Henderson, Zac Smith and Scott Selwood.
While Dangerfield shares that optimism, he isn’t willing to be quite as bold as his new boss.
“I don’t think any group will ever put limitations on themselves,” Dangerfield told the club’s website.
“For us, I suppose it’s getting that team cohesion we need to build throughout the pre-season.
“It’s been a large off-season and even the season before with players moving out and new players coming in.
“The pre-season, I’m assuming, will be used to build that team cohesion and the game style that we’d like to play, but I’m certainly not going to put any predictions on how we’ll go just yet.”
Dangerfield is looking forward to playing alongside Cats skipper Joel Selwood and, while he hasn’t given it much thought yet, hasn’t ruled out potentially taking on a leadership role at his new club.
But his main focus remains easing into his pre-season conditioning program.
“It’s been a whirlwind couple of days and I’m still a bit jetlagged,” he said.
“Over the next week, I’ll sit down with the conditioning staff and go through how pre-Christmas looks and make sure I’m in a good space come January and February and the season proper.”