Cat was ‘very unlucky’ to be delisted

December 2, 2021 BY

Second chance: While Blake Schlensog never ran on for the Cats senior side, a strong showing out west has boosted his stocks for a return to Kardinia Park. Photo: GARY DAY/ AAP IMAGE

FORMER Geelong tall Blake Schlensog could find his way back to Kardinia Park just 12 months after being delisted by the club.

Schlensog, a former Category B rookie and Next Generation Academy member at the Cats, was culled at the end of the 2020 season.

The ex-Cat joined South Fremantle for the 2021 season, developing into one of the best key position players in the WAFL, starring at both ends of the ground.

The 21-year-old was named in the WAFL Team of the Year and has attracted reported interest from Geelong ahead of the national, rookie and pre-season drafts.

“He [Schlensog] was with us, and Geelong delisted him. he was very unlucky to be delisted,” former Cats teammate Josh Jenkins told SEN Drive.

Geelong star and Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield praised Schlensog’s dramatic improvement since leaving the club.

“Probably the big knock on him was leg speed, if there’s really good pressure up the ground,” Dangerfield said. “He’s improved dramatically over the past 24 months.”

The 199-centermeter utility averaged 15.3 disposals and 6.7 marks across 20 WAFL games this year.

Schlensog also chipped in with 16 goals, including a five-goal haul against Peel Thunder and a four-goal effort against Swan Districts.

He didn’t play a senior game during his two years at Geelong.