Cats target Crow to kickstart rebuild

GEELONG is hopeful of kickstarting its AFLW rebuild through the high-profile addition of Adelaide premiership youngster Chloe Scheer.

Womens.afl understands the Cats have registered a significant interest in Scheer on the eve of the AFLW Trade Period, with the club aiming to make the 21-year-old mid-forward one of the faces of its new-look outfit ahead of next season.

Scheer, a member of Adelaide's 2019 premiership team, averaged 11.3 disposals and kicked five goals in her return from a long-term knee injury last season and helped spearhead the club's journey to another AFLW Grand Final.

She is not yet believed to have made a decision on where her future lies.

Scheer's encouraging return season followed an impressive debut campaign in 2019, where she slotted eight goals from her first eight games before cruelly rupturing her ACL during the side's emphatic Grand Final victory over Carlton.

She would miss close to two years of football as a result of the blow, having also suffered meniscus injuries in both knees.

Carlton's Jess Edwards and Katie Loynes console the injured Chloe Scheer as she's carted off the ground. Picture: AFL Photos

 

Geelong finished second-last on the AFLW ladder last season, losing its first eight games of the year before finally recording a long-awaited victory over the winless Gold Coast in the final round of the campaign.

It led to inaugural AFLW coach Paul Hood resigning earlier this month, while star youngster and former All-Australian midfielder Liv Purcell is also on the verge of exiting the club and joining Melbourne.

However, buoyed by a special assistance package from the AFL that will provide Geelong with two priority picks – selections No.7 and No.9 at this year's NAB AFLW Draft – the Cats are also hopeful of luring quality and experience in the form of Scheer.

Currently playing for SANFL side Central District in the AFLW off-season, Geelong is understood to have targeted Scheer as it looks to improve upon the lowest-scoring forward line in the AFLW last season – averaging just 18.2 points per match.

The club is also optimistic about her ability to develop into a long-term inside midfielder.

As things stand, the Cats hold picks No.2, 7, 9, 20 and 37 at the upcoming NAB AFLW Draft.