Steve Johnson is set to keep his place for Greater Western Sydney, who are 29/20 with bet365, when they take on Richmond in the preliminary final.
The three-time premiership winner has struggled to play consecutive games this season due to ongoing knee problems. But co-captain Phil Davis says the forward has pressed his case for inclusion by coming through training on Wednesday. Johnson’s availability would be a big boost for the Giants after he kicked six goals in their semi-final victory over West Coast.
Davis indicated the former Geelong forward would be available for his 26th final on Saturday. “Stevie goes about his business meticulously, he trained (on Wednesday) and did what he needed to do,” he added. “He seems primed for that on Saturday; it’s just how he pulls up from training but he should be fine.”
Jed Bews inks Cats deal until 2019
Geelong, who are 19/10 with bet365 to beat Adelaide, have re-signed Jed Bews ahead of Friday’s preliminary final. The 23-year-old defender will remain with the Cats until the end of 2019. Bews will play his 50th game for the club at Adelaide Oval in what will be his second consecutive preliminary final.
He has cemented his spot in the Cats’ defence this year under coach Chris Scott. Bews didn’t get his first appearance of the season until round six but has only missed one game since then. Scott said of him: “He’s almost that stereotypical young athlete who hasn’t played much footy before he got into the system, who was a bit raw and rough around the edges in some respects, that with experience, (and) good coaching from our development guys, has really come on.”