Casterton export Max Rooke to be elevated into Cats hall of fame

Honour: Casterton export Max Rooke earns a special place in Geelong Football Club history. Here he is pictured during a coaching clinic in the region in 2010.
Honour: Casterton export Max Rooke earns a special place in Geelong Football Club history. Here he is pictured during a coaching clinic in the region in 2010.

Unassuming Casterton export Max Rooke is set receive a special honour with AFL club Geelong.

Rooke, who kicked the first and last goals in Geelong’s dramatic 2009 grand final win over St Kilda, will next month be inducted into the Cats’ hall of fame.

The club announced his elevation alongside dual premiership team mate Brad Ottens on Tuesday.

Rooke, who battled hamstring injuries early in his career, was famously sent to Germany where a calf blood extract was injected into his leg in 2007.

He went on to play in the Cats’ premiership later that season.

Rooke was an inspiring figure during his 135-game career.

He put the team first and played a variety of roles, including different positions and shut-down jobs. He could play up forward, in the midfield or in defence.

His most memorable match was the 2009 grand final when he was among the best on the ground, garnering votes in the Norm Smith Medal.

Ottens and Rooke will be inducted into the Cats hall of fame at a gala function on August 17.