A Geelong super fan has inked a permanent reminder on his head of the AFL’s oldest premiership team in history.
The Cats defied the critics who claimed they were too old in 2022 to dominate the competition and win the grand final by a whopping 81 points despite the team having an average age of 28.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Super fan Lochie Keats explains how he got that head tattoo.
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Lochie Keats, a 79-year-old fan from Warrnambool, used the criticism as inspiration for a eyebrow-raising tattoo.
He explained he had the words written on his head in texta before winning a bet with his mate to make it permanent.
“About a fortnight after the (grand) final … Had it wrote on with texta and me mate bet me $50 I wouldn’t put it on permanent, so I did,” Keats told 7NEWS during Geelong’s pre-season community camp in Warrnambool.
“It cost me $200. My wife called me an … idiot.”
Keats ranked the 2022 flag as the best he’s seen, but he’s hungry for more and already has ideas for another tattoo if the Cats win again this year.
“The wife’s told the neighbour ‘I hope they don’t win this year’ because I’m going to get the emblem on the back (of my head),” he said with a laugh.
Meanwhile, Geelong’s oldest player Tom Hawkins has no intentions of slowing down as he embarks on his 17th AFL season.
The 34-year-old remains in doubt for Round 1 after off-season foot surgery, but he isn’t ruling out proving his fitness.
“Realistically a chance to play Round 1 but it’s really hard to put a timeline on it,” he said.
“I think about two or three weeks away from joining with the group in a more full-on capacity.”
After another All-Australian season in 2022 and with the Cats still in the mix for a premiership, the champion forward hopes to play on again next year.
“I go into season 2023 as a 34, turning 35, I don’t plan or envisage on retiring at the end of the year but there’s a lot of things to play out,” he said.
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