By Natalee Kerr
New Cat Josh Jenkins says he feels “reinvigorated” after moving from Adelaide to Geelong, insisting he still has “good football” ahead of him in 2020.
The 30-year-old had his first visit to Kardinia Park this week after landing a spot on the Cats list during the AFL Trade Period earlier this month while he was overseas.
“The last couple of days of the trade period my manager got talking to the Cats, a spot opened up and we were able to make it happen,” he told the media on Monday.
“I had to get up at 3.30am in the morning in New York and follow the last couple of hours of the last day of the trade.
“I didn’t think I’d be in this situation where I was going to move to a new club, but now that I am it’s very, very exciting.”
The key forward expects to take on a “similar role” to what he played for eight seasons at the Crows.
“I don’t think I’ll be moving to the wing or half-back or anything extravagant like that,” he said.
“I’m not coming in with any expectations or demands – I’m just happy to come in.”
Jenkins said he already had an insight into the club’s environment before arriving due to his friendship with fellow former Crow Patrick Dangerfield.
“I feel like I’ve been a bit of pseudo in the inner-sanctum because of Danger telling me how great the club is, and the program and the facilities.”
Jenkins said he was “thrilled” to play with veteran Gary Ablett and is “keen” to test himself alongside dual All Australian defender Harry Taylor during the pre-season.
“He’s (Taylor) beaten me more often than not, and Geelong’s defence as a whole has beaten us (Adelaide) more often than not.
“So I’m looking forward to having the ability to go against someone like him at training and then be able to debrief it, have a chat and the get feedback.”
The Cats are set to open their pre-season account against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium in February as part of the 2020 Marsh AFL Community Series.
Geelong will also take on Essendon for the launch of the 2020 Powercor Country Festival in March at Colac.