Geelong coach Chris Scott says he's looking forward to returning to Patersons Stadium for the first time since slamming WA football fans last season.
Scott described Perth football fans as the worst in the country after key forward Tom Hawkins got abused by West Coast fans as he was being treated by medical staff. Club officials also came under fire during the game.
The Cats will play Fremantle and West Coast in the opening round of the NAB Cup on Saturday night in what will be their first visit to Perth since he made those comments.
But Scott said he was comfortable that he'd receive a warm reception.
"It'll be good," Scott said.
"We're looking forward to going back. It's a ground we haven't played all that well at, even though we've had some pretty close results.
"I loved my time over in Perth and 99.9 per cent of the crowd are fantastic and really enthusiastic."
Scott said North Melbourne recruit Hamish McIntosh would remain in Victoria after having knee surgery this week. James Kelly, Paul Chapman and Nathan Vardy will also miss the match.
Geelong's ruck depth will be tested with two quality big men unavailable. WA's Shane Kersten is almost certain to play after a strong second half of last season in the VFL.
Geelong have lost their past three matches at Patersons Stadium and Scott said it was important that the team perform well.
"We're looking to get some experience over in Perth. We only play there once this year but traditionally we play there twice," he said."I think it's really important that you play your very best football against the best team at the hardest venues. Both the Perth teams at Subiaco are tough."
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