Real Footy podcast: ‘I think we left a couple on the table’

Three flags over five years; premiers in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Geelong's haul was an impressive one.

But did the Cats reach their full potential?

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Jimmy Bartel joins Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson to talk about his brilliant AFL career, including the three premierships that Bartel believes got away.

We get the inside word on Mark Thompson's very brief instructions at quarter-time of the 2009 grand final that changed a game, and find out about the hardest game of football Bartel played.

Why was his favourite home and away season game a loss? What was the most "insane" goal he has seen up close? And why does he get asked more about a point than any goal he kicked?

Bartel also takes us inside GWS for a club perspective on the league shutdown. In his role as football director at the Giants, how does he view the AFL's handling of the situation? What is happening at clubs in terms of dealing with players and staff? And does he agree with Leigh Matthews' comments on the players' handling of pay cut negotiations last week?

Plus, the panel tosses up some options for dealing with lists next season. Should the draft age be lifted? Should there be a veterans list at each club for 2021? And in the shorter term, can a Brownlow Medal be awarded if the season isn't completed? And could we see the grand final played somewhere other than the MCG?

Footy might be on hold, but this podcast is not. Make sure you subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to get every episode as it drops.

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