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Cats can contend for flag: Mooney

By Robert Grant 25/02/2010 06:03:25 PM Comments (0)

Geelong will continue to be an AFL powerhouse into the immediate future, according to triple premiership forward Cameron Mooney.

Mooney said on Thursday ahead of the Cats' NAB Challenge match against Richmond at Yea, the side would be in a position to contend for the flag for several more years.

Geelong has won two of the last three premierships, losing to Hawthorn in the 2008 grand final.

"We definitely see ourselves as a top side," Mooney said. "We've still got the list, we've still got the talent and we're still pretty youthful.

"Apart from myself and a few other guys in their 30s, we've still got a lot of guys in the mid twenties.

"I think the window is still open ... come the end of the year we hope we are around abouts."

And Mooney said he would play with the Cats "until they throw me out."

"I'm just having the time of my life at the moment. I'm 30 this year and I feel like I'm 26, in the head" Mooney said.

"I'm having so much fun I'll stick around as long as I can but whether the body can hold up for another couple of years we'll see."

Meanwhile, Richmond defender Kel Moore said the Tigers had a lot of "fine-tuning" to do before the season proper under new coach Damien Hardwick.

"I think we know that we've got a long way to go. We put things in place and obviously some worked and some didn't," Moore said.

"We're just going to keep at it and stick at it and it might take another month or six months or 12 months and we'll get there.

"We're in a stage where we've had a big transformation and lost a lot of big-name players and we've had a lot of good young guys come in so we are rebuilding and Damien and his staff have put everything in place.

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