New Cat Jared Rivers. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
New Geelong recruit Jared Rivers says he thinks his new club is still a premiership chance in 2013.
The former Demon said he was looking forward to success - "hopefully" -and admitted times had been tough at the Melbourne over the past few years.
"Over the last few years it's definitely been a bit challenging [at Melbourne] - 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.
"I still think Geelong has got a really good list and a good core of older players, and the young guys coming through are outstanding.
"I think they've still got a real crack at winning a premiership, and I'm excited by that."
Rivers said he was grateful for the opportunity Geelong had given him.
"I'll play a role wherever I'm needed in the backline, alongside Harry (Taylor), Tommy (Lonergan), Corey (Enright) and all those great players,'' he said.
But Rivers talked down any comparisons between himself and newly retired defender Matthew Scarlett.
"To say I'm going to play a similar role to Scarlett is ridiculous, I think," he said.
"He's probably going to go down as one of the best full-backs of all time."
But Rivers was also confident about his own game. "I'm 28, but I've still got a lot of improvement left in me as well, I reckon."