Coach dismisses AFL player feud at Cats

Geelong coach Chris Scott has dismissed suggestions Mitch Clark’s future with the Cats has been put in jeopardy after he was involved in a dispute with teammate Mitch Duncan.

The Age reported on Monday that Clark had made disparaging comments to Hawthorn-listed player Teia Miles about his sister, who is Duncan’s partner, during a VFL game last month.

Scott confirmed the exchange had occurred, but said both players had moved on.

“That’s an extraordinary stretch to suggest that this would have any impact on his position on the list … it would have almost no impact,” Scott told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

“That’s the significance of the issue – it’s very minor.

“Four weeks ago in a VFL game something was said that shouldn’t have been said … it wasn’t a huge deal.

“Straight after the game the players, the relevant parties, spoke … apologies were made and accepted and everyone moved on.

“Four weeks later the story has got out, so unfortunately for the people concerned it’s got to be regurgitated but in terms of player relations at Geelong things are very healthy.”

Clark, who has fought a public battle with mental health issues in recent years, played his first AFL game for the Cats last week since round nine last season after overcoming a serious calf injury.

Scott said the incident was so minor that no penalty would be handed down.

“I didn’t even know about it until (Monday),” he said.

“And our senior administration didn’t know about it because – as you would hope – when two guys have a bit of a disagreement they sit down, talk about it, shake hands and move on, which is what happened four weeks ago.

“We’d prefer it didn’t happen obviously, but in the scheme of things I think it’s been handled well by the relevant people.”

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