Guthrie in line for Cats chance

20 March 2017 09:39:31 EST

Corey Gregson's ongoing foot problem will open the door for Zach Guthrie to make his mark with Geelong.

Guthrie is set to come into the Cats' round one line-up after Gregson was moved to the long-term injury list.

The 20-year-old forward has been battling  a foot stress fracture since last July.

Rookie Guthrie has put together an impressive pre-season to put himself in line to replace Gregson in the senior list.

The 18-year-old, who is the younger brother of Geelong midfielder Cam Guthrie, played in two of the JLT Community Series games and picked up 24 touches against Hawthorn and 18 versus Adelaide.

After hyperextending his knee the half-back missed the final game of the series against Essendon, but returned in a VFL practice match against the Bombers on Friday. He tallied 15 disposals, four rebounds and six hard ball gets.

Guthrie played in that game alongside both of his brothers. Cam, who had missed a chunk of pre-season due to a calf injury, was included as well as Josh who is on the Cats' VFL list.

Zach admits he'd be honoured and delighted to make the team against Fremantle in the season-opener at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

"That's been the goal since I did play in the first JLT game, so if I was lucky enough to get the opportunity, I'd be rapt," he added. "If not, just look to go back and play the best footy I can in the VFL and hopefully, if possible, get a game later in the season."

Geelong will have Mitch Duncan and Tom Stewart available after scans cleared them of hamstring injuries following the final round of pre-season games.

The Cats are 6/1 to win the Grand Final.

Geelong are 7/10 to beat Fremantle, who are 6/5.

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