The Courier-Mail

Ste­vie J on his way out of Cat­tery

- JON AN­DER­SON

STEVE John­son’s stel­lar Cats ca­reer is set to fin­ish against Ade­laide at Gee­long’s Si­monds Sta­dium on Satur­day.

John­son (right) is ex­pected to join fel­low premier­ship stars James Kelly and Mathew Stokes in farewell games for the AFL club.

Stokes an­nounced yesterday he would leave the Cats af­ter his 189th game while Kelly (272 matches) is ex­pected to do the same.

Gee­long coach Chris Scott praised Stokes’ ma­tu­rity in ac­cept­ing that his time was up.

“Stokesy has con­ducted him­self re­ally well, and when he went back to the VFL a cou­ple of times this year he did a great job of help­ing the younger play­ers,” Scott said.

Stokes is be­lieved to be open to play­ing on else­where, as is Kelly. The ques­tion for John­son, 32, is whether he seeks to play on else­where.

Satur­day would be John­son’s 253rd game in a ca­reer that be­gan in Round 6, 2002.

The for­ward/midfielder has av­er­aged 20 pos­ses­sions and kicked 12 goals in his past seven games. It is be­lieved a de­ci­sion on his fu­ture was not reached un­til re­cently, and was not fi­nan­cially based.

While the Cats know John­son, Kelly and Stokes could play use­ful footy next year, they must re­fresh their list. Pos­si­ble re­cruits Pa­trick Danger­field, Lachie Hen­der­son and Scott Sel­wood are all 25.

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LOOK­ING ELSE­WHERE: Jack Red­den, pic­tured cel­e­brat­ing a goal with Jor­don Bourke (left), ap­pears headed south af­ter telling the Lions he would like a trade.
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