The 31-year-old rebuilt some lost confidence in his body with two goals and eight marks over around three quarters of game time during a thrilling 11-point loss to Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval.
Cats VFL coach Dale Amos said Mooney was dangerous on the lead and appeared to be getting some form back.
It is expected Mooney will play at least another two matches in the VFL before evaluating whether he was right to play a part in Geelong’s premiership tilt.
“I thought Moons was really good. I thought every time we gave him a chance one on one, he looked really dangerous and moved well. He was pretty good in the ruck for us as well so if he pulls up well, I’d say today’s a really positive outcome for him,” Amos said.
“We want him to be able to feel like he has some confidence in his body and also that he was capable of contributing and he certainly did that.”
Conversely, Tom Hawkins had a disappointing day for the Cats where he struggled to have an influence in patches. Robbie Tarrant clearly won the duel.
“Hawk had an indifferent day. At times he did some really good things and at times he was not fantastic. He’s just battling for some consistently. At times he gets beaten in the one on ones when he should be able to win them,” Amos said.
Amos said another premiership midfielder Shannon Byrnes also got better in the second half when the game was there to be won.