RECRUIT Jack Steven will again be rested for Geelong as the Cats make two changes for their blockbuster clash with Port Adelaide on Friday night.
After playing back-to-back matches, Steven will sit out as the Cats finish their run of five games in 19 days with the date against the Power at Metricon Stadium.
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Lachie Fogarty and Sam Simpson have been recalled after they were managed for Monday night's win over St Kilda with first-year rookie Brad Close the latest to be rested from the small forward ranks.
Just hours after Chris Scott declared the Cats' forward line a better proposition with Esava Ratugolea in it, the 22-year-old misses out for the third consecutive match.
Curiously, he hasn't even been named an emergency with former Crow Josh Jenkins one of the four on standby.
Mark Blicavs is again expected to play as a back-up ruckman to Rhys Stanley.
As confirmed by Power coach Ken Hinkley earlier on Thursday, Steven Motlop will return from an ankle injury to face his former side.
Sam Mayes is back from suspension, with Cameron Sutcliffe and Jarrod Lienert dropped from the table-topping Power line-up.
Friday, August 14
Geelong v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
In: L.Fogarty, S.Simpson
Out: B.Close (managed), J.Steven (managed)
In: S.Mayes, S.Motlop
Out: J.Lienert (omitted), C.Sutcliffe (omitted)