Parfitt’s season came to an end in the semi-final against the Giants in Perth when he hurt his hamstring. Subsequent scans found he needed surgery to repair a high-grade hamstring tear.
“He is making a good post-operative recovery, completing early strength and functioning work,” Lloyd said.
Parfitt, 23, played in 23 matches this season, finishing tenth in the best-and-fairest count. His dash and creativity were missed in the preliminary final.
The Cats have parted ways with young midfielder Charlie Constable, who can now be taken as a delisted free agent by rival clubs. Constable played in the opening three matches of the season but did not return to the senior side. He joins Ben Jarvis, Oscar Brownless, Stefan Okunbor and Cameron Taheny as delisted Cats.
The Cats will embark on a pre-season with James Kelly and Eddie Betts among the fresh faces on Chris Scott’s coaching panel, the latter set to sign a two-year contract extension tying him to the club until the end of 2024.
Meanwhile, the Tigers say three-time premiership star Dustin Martin is recovering well from a lacerated kidney against Brisbane. Martin lost 10 kilograms following surgery because he could only eat fruit in his recovery but he has resumed running. The Tigers expect him to complete a full pre-season.
Martin is also in the running to be captain, as Trent Cotchin has relinquished the role he had held since November 2012.