Banjanin has been recruited to the team from Werribee to play only if needed when the Cats ruck stocks are down and that has happened this season with Nathan Vardy, Dawson Simpson, Trent West and Orren Stephenson all suffering injuries during the season.
Cats VFL general manager Ben Waller said Banjanin has been a significant inclusion to the team.
“He’s (Banjanin) got 30 VFL games to his name and he can just come in,” Waller said.
“He knows the system and even when he was at Werribee, there was probably some AFL guys in front of him. He knows that when the AFL guys are there that he’s probably not going to get an opportunity but he’s more than willing to be the back-up man and who knows he may even end up playing VFL finals after the work he’s done for us.”
Draft prospect Jordan Bourke, the son of former Cats skipper Damian, has gone back home to Queensland after playing two VFL matches for the Cats.
The Cats maintained Bourke’s form was “encouraging” and now faces the challenge of recuperating in shine for the Gold Coast Suns reserves team after playing in wet conditions and eight degrees in Ballarat last week.
Geelong meets Casey in a challenge for top spot tomorrow at Casey Fields. Both teams will be undermanned in strength but the points will be crucial for both teams.
The Cats are also looking forward to gaining extra experience playing at Casey Fields given that some finals will be played there.
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