Stevie J on his way out of Cattery
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.