Tassie Cat named

Jake Kolodjashnij3Launceston’s Jake Kolodjashnij is a chance to make his AFL debut for Geelong on Sunday.

The Cats are a classic case of the walking wounded following their brutal encounter with Gold Coast last week and in need of reinforcements.

Kolodjashnij has been named in the preliminary 25-man squad to take on North Melbourne at Kardinia Park.

The 19-year-old has played well in the VFL this season and would be a like-for-like replacement for the heavily concussed Tom Lonergan, who was stretchered from the field after a collision with Sam Day on Sunday.

‘‘With regard to some of the questions around availability and that sort of thing, we’ll be in a better place in 24 hours than we are now,’’ Geelong coach Chris Scott said on Thursday afternoon.

‘‘It is a bit hard to tell at the moment [how Lonergan is recovering] … they [the doctors] say it is uncertain.’’

Scott said Kolodjashnij, Sam Blease and Dean Gore were all a chance to play senior football.

‘‘We need to think whether he [Kolodjashnij] makes the final 22 but his performances at VFL level have warranted consideration at AFL level.

‘‘If he plays, we’ll have a lot of confidence that he’ll do the job.’’

Kolodjashnij was Geelong’s third selection in the 2013 national draft, the same year that his twin brother Kade went to the Suns where he has since played 22 matches and been a Rising Star nominee.