O say the McDonald's Geelong Supercats Big V men’s team will field one of the most experienced rosters ever seen in the Division 1 competition would be an understatement.
Veteran centre Seb Loader will play game 400 in the opening round of the 2015 season and he will be joined this year by fellow Geelong 300-gamers Paul Hutchison and Keith Harrison.
Hutchison again calls Geelong Arena home after three years with Corio Bay, and Harrison, who will also assume assistant coaching duties, returns for the first time since 2009 following five years back up in the SEABL.
The return of both, along with talented youngster Emerson Varley, will more than cover the loss of feisty playmaker Brett Goodgame.
Coach Graham Byworth will also be hoping for continued improvement and out of tall trio Lindsay Cole, Dion Smith and Ben McCawley.
With Loader nearing 40, McCawley, who was hampered by an ankle issue in 2014, will be expected to share the load at the five spot.
Geelong made a sixth playoff appearance in seven seasons in 2014, but was bundled out in the semi-finals by Southern Peninsula.
"We came within 14 points of a grand final berth last year and we are looking at going at least one step further this year," Byworth said.
“We have high expectations.”
The 2015 Big V season begins on the weekend of March 15-16.
Paul Hutchison (Corio Bay)
Keith Harrison (SEABL)
Emerson Varley (SEABL/Youth League 2013)
Brett Goodgame (retired)