Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cats Journeyman Right at Home in Showdown

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cats Journeyman Right at Home in Showdown

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JAMES Podsiadly's fairytale AFL career will have at least one more chapter with the key Geelong forward free to line up in Saturday's grand final against Collingwood.

Podsiadly was scrutinised by the match review panel for a bump on West Coast's Adam Selwood but cleared to play in the MCG decider.

He said he was never concerned about missing his long-awaited big chance to play in an AFL grand final. aI would have felt nervous if I felt I did anything wrong but I was pretty confident it was just a bump and it was in play,a Podsiadly said.

After trying his luck at four AFL clubs starting in 1999, the now 30-year-old finally hit the big time as a mature-aged rookie with Geelong last season. At the time, Podsiadly said if he managed to play one game, it would abe a great story to tell the grandkidsa.

He sat in the stands for grand finals as part of the Essendon squad (2000-01) and then Collingwood (2002) and then in 2009 was on staff with the Cats to help his side warm up. …

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