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GEELONG will be chasing a slice of its own history when it travels to Bendigo tonight for its final match of the VFL home-and-away season.

The Cats will record their best finish to an 18-game season - 16 wins and two losses - with a victory against winless Bendigo Gold at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

VFL captain Troy Selwood has been ruled out with a dislocated shoulder but still remains a chance to play in Geelong's first final under lights at Simonds Stadium next Friday night.

Young midfielder Josh Cowan's frustrating season continued after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained at training this week.

But the Cats, already boasting an imposing line-up stacked with AFL talent, have been reinforced with the returns of Jordan Schroder, Josh Walker and Jordan Murdoch.

They join a long list of fringe players deserving of AFL call-ups, including Jesse Stringer, George Horlin-Smith, Josh Hunt, Taylor Hunt and Billie Smedts. That's not to forget Mitch Brown, who has been one of the dominant defenders in the VFL this year.

Schroder missed last week's win over Port Melbourne because he was the travelling emergency against West Coast.

Murdoch and Walker have been dropped from the AFL, paving the way for Paul Chapman and Tom Hawkins to return to take on Sydney.

The match presents another opportunity for VFL regulars such as Ben Raidme, Matthew Sully, Jack Hollmer and Daniel Measures to impress as selection heats up before the VFL finals series.

The game starts at 6.30pm