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McIntosh confident of playing out contract

HAMISH McIntosh is confident he can play out his new three-year contract with Geelong, despite having a horror run with injuries.

McIntosh and former Demon Jared Rivers were the last pieces of the puzzle in the Cats' end-of-season recruiting blitz.

McIntosh, 28, missed most of last season with North Melbourne after injuring his knee in round seven. He said his body was fine and was ready to launch himself into a solid preseason with the Cats.

"The injuries I've had have been more structural," McIntosh said. "Once you get those injuries right, you're right to go."

Rivers, 28, admitted the decision to leave Melbourne after 10 years was a hard one, but the lure of playing finals football was hard to refuse.

"Over the last few years it's definitely been a bit challenging — more mentally than physically," Rivers said.

"But Melbourne was great for me for 10 years, and I've got a lot of close mates there that I'm going to keep in contact with."

The Cats recruited Rivers to fill the void left by retiring defender Matthew Scarlett. But Rivers said it would be unfair to compare him to the triple premiership player.

McIntosh is expected to boost Geelong ruck stocks and play up forward.