Geelong are aiming to bulletproof dynamic midfielder Nakia Cockatoo before they unleash him in 2020 as he continues to put together a solid pre-season.
Cockatoo has had an injury-riddled career at the Cats playing 34 games. He has not played a senior match since round three in 2018, with a series of soft tissue injuries hampering his progress.
Geelong has been cautiously optimistic about his progress this pre-season but midfielder Patrick Dangerfield said they are not going to be rushed into playing the 23-year-old.
“He is a supremely talented player that, at his best, can really change the dynamic in our forward line and midfield but we have got to make sure we bulletproof him enough so he can do that for sustained periods of time,” Dangerfield said.