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Cats set to nominate another father-son gun

Oscar Brownless highlights Geelong has nominated Oscar Brownless as a father-son prospect

GEELONG will nominate Oscar Brownless as a potential father-son pick at next month's NAB AFL Draft.

The Cats have until October 31 to officially lodge paperwork registering their official interest in the midfielder, but understands Brownless, whose father Billy played 202 games for the Cats, will be nominated.

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It will allow Geelong to then have the option to match a bid for the hard-working prospect during the draft.

Brownless told at the NAB AFL Draft Combine earlier this month that he was hoping to follow his father in playing for the club. 

"It'd be the dream. Obviously I'd be open to going to any club because any opportunity you have to go to any club you're going to take it no matter what, but if it was to be Geelong it'd be the ultimate dream," he said.

"If I'm lucky enough that it happens to me I'm definitely going to take that opportunity."

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It has been a strong year for Brownless, who was a consistent contributor for the Geelong Falcons at TAC Cup level playing on the wing.

He has an excellent endurance base (he finished in the top-10 of the 2km time trial at the Draft Combine) and seems most likely to attract a bid after the second round of the draft.

Brownless trained with the Cats once a week towards the end of the season, taking part in their main sessions and getting a feel for what will be required at the next level.

"I've been around the club since I was little. I was fortunate enough with Dad being there I had a first-hand look early days. Then towards the end of the AFL season just before the finals I was able to go down there in their main sessions once a week which was a great experience for me," he said.

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The 18-year-old remembers visiting Geelong's headquarters as a kid, mucking around in the changerooms with former Cat Steve Johnson as his father met up with "some old mates".

Oscar said Billy offers support and advice about his burgeoning career when required, but is happy to take a back seat.

"He's pretty laidback with it all. He understands I'm my own player which is really important for me. I want to forge my own career and not just be the son of Billy. He leaves it up to the coaches," he said.

"If I need support he'll give it to me which is what I need sometimes, but he knows when to sit back and let the coaches take over."

Brownies looks set to join Gary Ablett jnr, Tom Hawkins, Jed Bews and Sam Simpson as current father-son picks at the club.

Geelong holds picks 12, 50, 59, 60, 70 and 87 heading into the NAB AFL Draft on November 22-23.