SAM DE KONING has emphatically ended the debate.
For years, it was an argument that would have raged at Geelong. Given the flexibility and importance of Mark Blicavs, where was he best used? In the backline? In the ruck? On a wing? Through the midfield? Finally, thanks to the arrival and impact of De Koning as one of the game’s most brilliant young key defenders, that question can be put to rest.
As Cats coach Chris Scott said after Saturday night’s victory over Carlton, Blicavs is a midfielder who can defend. Having the 21-year-old De Koning there, though, means he is no longer needed down back either. Blicavs’ position, at least for Geelong’s premiership charge later this season, has been sorted.
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But, as one debate ends, another should emerge. How is a player as gifted in so many roles as Blicavs, who has won best and…