St Kilda great Nick Dal Santo has put forward three options for how Geelong should replace forward Tom Hawkins in Friday night’s Preliminary Final against Richmond.
Hawkins was handed a one-match suspension for striking West Coast’s Will Schofield in the Cats’ 20-point Semi-Final win over the Eagles at the MCG.
Dal Santo believes star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield is one of three options to fill Hawkin’s void inside 50.
He also suggested that ruckman Rhys Stanley could play as a forward against the Tigers.
“He’s definitely not anything like Tom Hawkins,” Dal Santo told AFL Nation.
“He is a replacement. He’s a taller option.
“You give him clear instruction to play a certain way and therefore you bring in a new ruckman. I think that could work.”
Dal Santo’s third option is defender Harry Taylor, who has spent time up forward in the past.
The former Saints midfielder recalled having trouble finding Taylor’s direct match-up in the lead-up to Geelong’s clash with West Coast, meaning he could be more suited up forward.
“What if I said, and you’re Chris Scott, Harry Taylor, you’re going forward,” Dal Santo said.
“Your one role is to never allow Dylan Grimes to be free.
“He’s done it before, he’s crafty enough, he understands the game.”
The Cats will seek a Grand Final spot when they face off against Richmond on Friday night at the MCG.