Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield is predicting a big season from fellow midfielder Brandan Parfitt in 2024.
Parfitt fell out of favour with Cats selectors last season, but Dangerfield believes the 25-year-old midfielder is ready to 'explode'.
"Brandan Parfitt has had a fantastic pre-season, he looks really good running on top of the ground," Dangerfield told the Geelong Advertiser.
"His inside work, I feel like he is ready to really explode."
Parfitt managed just nine games last season – his lowest return since debuting in 2017 – with five of those matches coming as the medical substitute.
Despite a tumultuous year, he finished the season on a strong note having recorded 26 disposals and an equal team-high nine tackles in a loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 24.
When not selected for the senior team, the Territorian was in excellent form at VFL level and had a 40-disposal game against the Northern Bullants in Round 19.
It shapes as an important season for Parfitt as he is uncontracted beyond the 2024 season.
He reportedly had interest from rival club Greater Western Sydney as part of the Jeremy Cameron trade during the 2020 off-season, but Parfitt remained loyal to the Cats.
Parfitt has played 121 games for the club since being selected with pick 26 in the 2016 AFL National Draft.
The tough midfielder was one of the most outstanding junior footballers to come out of the Northern Territory in many years after dominating for both his club Nightcliff and the state team at representative level.
At just 16 years of age, Parfitt became the youngest ever player to win Nightcliff's senior best-and-fairest award.
He made his debut for the Cats in 2017 and has been a reliable cog in the team's on-ball brigade ever since, featuring in the 2022 premiership triumph against Sydney.
In 2020, the Larrakia and Warramungu placed second behind Hugh Greenwood in the AFL for most overall tackles.