Another Stringer to Geelong's bow
Geelong's Jesse Stringer battles with Port Melbourne's Toby Pinwill in the VFL grand final. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
GEELONG has elevated midfielder Jesse Stringer to its senior list, handing the 21-year-old a new two-year contract.
Stringer had three seasons on Geelong's rookie list and faced being delisted if he wasn't upgraded.
He made his senior debut this year, impressing in eight AFL matches between rounds four and 11.
But the young Cat was ruled ineligible for senior selection for the rest of the season after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the Geelong suburb of Grovedale in June.
But Geelong football manager said his promotion was an easy decision for the club.
"We had to either let him go or elevate him and we made a decision that we think that he deserves a chance," Balme said. "He's been playing pretty good footy for us. It wasn't a difficult decision.
"He's one of those good midfield players. He has shown that he can play at an AFL level and has obviously has been pretty good at VFL level. If he can put in a good pre-season now and show us what he can do he'll be one of that number who will fill those roles.
"We're pleased to give the opportunity and hope he'll play as well as we think he will."
Stringer was also banned from four of Geelong's VFL matches but returned and went on to play in the club's VFL premiership.
He was drafted as a rookie to the Cats in 2009 and was hampered by knee and hip injuries in the next two seasons.