Clark set for dream debut

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01 : Jordan Clark of the Cats kicks the ball during the 2019 JLT Community Series match between the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats at Leederville Oval on March 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)
Camera IconPERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01 : Jordan Clark of the Cats kicks the ball during the 2019 JLT Community Series match between the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats at Leederville Oval on March 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media) Credit: Picture: AFL Media

Prized draft pick Jordan Clark is set to make his AFL debut in front of a packed house at the MCG as Geelong take on Collingwood in the opening round of the season tomorrow night.

The Railways product has impressed the Cats’ coaching staff in the pre-season and then JLT Community Series, and is expected to be named for his new club in their season-opener.

The Cats have a light final training session today ahead of their team being announced and Clark was confident he was ready to go.

“If I get selected, it will be great reward for all the hard work I’ve put in over the pre-season,” the 18-year-old said. “I couldn’t be happier with where I am at the moment and I’m up for it. When you are drafted, obviously you always want to play in the first game — all the new boys do.

“So getting out there on the track and giving it your best is essential. You can’t believe (a debut) will happen until it actually does.

“I’m confident I have done enough to be picked and hopefully I can have an impact and the coaches put the faith in me to play round 1.”

Clark is expected to feature in defence for the new-look Cats, having provided terrific run and drive out of the back half in a pre-season encounter with premiers West Coast.

He was taken with pick 15 in last year’s national draft.

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