Brisbane coach Chris Fagan is confident Geelong recruit Lincoln McCarthy can stay injury-free and make a big impact for the club in the coming years.
McCarthy joined the Lions on a three-year deal after seven injury plagued years with the Cats – playing just 29 games in that time.
Fagan has full faith in the club’s medical team that they can keep the 24-year-old fit and healthy in order to get the very best out of the forward.
“He’s a really, really good player,” Fagan told SEN Afternoons.
“We’ve got a lot of trust in our medical team. We had a new medical team turn up at that time led by Peter Blanch and our Head of Conditioning – Damien Austin.
“The confidence we have in our medical and fitness team led us to the conclusion that Lincoln McCarthy would be a fantastic recruit for us.
“I think there’s guys like this at every club, they’ve been there for six or seven years, they’ve had a lot of injuries and they often feel like they need a change of environment to pick up – I feel that’s the case with Lincoln.”
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The ability to play in multiple positions was a big reason why Fagan was keen to secure McCarthy during the trade period.
“He brings a lot to the table: he’s a fantastic mark for his size, he’s a great tackler, he can play forward and midfield and he’s a great character,” Fagan added.
“I’ve heard Chris Scott speak about him – he thinks the same of him, so we feel really fortunate to have him.”
Listen to Chris Fagan's chat on SEN Afternoons with Andy Maher in the player below