Geelong skipper Joel Selwood is set to spend more time in defence as he enters the twilight of his AFL career.
The champion midfielder was trialled down back in the Cats' win over Brisbane at the weekend after star defender Tom Stewart left the game with an ankle injury.
The 30-year-old gathered 22 possessions playing mostly across half-back and coach Chris Scott is set to continue with the experiment.
"He's just so competitive and so good in the contest, we like the way he uses the ball as well, so he's got the attributes to play there," Scott told Fox Footy's AFL 360.
"We know he can play virtually all the forward spots as well, but it just gives us a little bit more flexibility.
"For a long time there, we were just so vulnerable if we moved him out of the middle and now I think it's a reflection on the confidence we've got in the depth of our midfield."
Scott revealed Stewart's ankle injury - initially thought to be potentially season-ending - is not as bad as first thought.
However, he is highly unlikely to face Richmond in Friday night's blockbuster at the MCG.
The 42-point win over the Lions moved Geelong into eighth spot, ahead of Sydney by percentage only, and Scott is eyeing an upset win over the Tigers to help shore up his side's position in the eight.
"I think they're clearly the best team in the competition at the moment, but they're not so dominant that if they have an off day that they won't get beaten," Scott said.
"The ladder from second to 10th or 12th is very tight and you can make an argument for any one of those teams (to win) on their day."