After a fortnight pondering a disastrous loss to Gold Coast, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott could ring the changes but Daniel Wells won’t be one of them.
Daniel Wells will miss North Melbourne’s upcoming game with Brisbane after failing to prove his fitness at training.
After a fortnight of introspection following a horror seven-goal loss to Gold Coast, coach Brad Scott is set to ring changes but Wells will not be one of them.
The talented 29-year-old midfielder hasn’t played since the Kangaroos’ round five loss to Collingwood, with a foot injury and bone bruising forcing a month-long lay-off.
Scott said at the start of Wednesday’s training session he was a chance for the Saturday twilight game but would need to prove his fitness.
“He’s still in some doubt, but we’ll train today and see how he pulls up.”
“He’s missed enough footy to suggest that he needs some training under his belt so he’ll have to train pretty well.”
Wells took to the training field alongside his team-mates on Wednesday but was restricted to light running away from the main group – making his selection impossible.
The Kangaroos should welcome back captain Andrew Swallow for his first match of the year after proving his fitness with two weeks in the VFL.
A ruptured achilles injury has ruled Swallow out since round 18 last year but the timing of his return is excellent given their miserable loss last time out.
Scott said their would be casualties from the 43-point loss, naming Ben Jacobs, Liam Anthony and Robin Nahas as chances to join Swallow coming in to the side.
“Some guys have put themselves under pressure with their performance and we’ve got some guys in the VFL that have been preforming well.”
It’s felt like a long fortnight at Arden Street, with the bye giving players and coaches alike plenty to time to reflect on their loss to Gold Coast.
The Kangaroos were well poised to go into their week off with a 5-2 record but fell victim to the Gary Ablett-inspired Suns.
Scott hasn’t wasted the week off, looking back at their season so far.
“I’ve relished the opportunity to do a really thorough review of our performance not just in our previous game against the Gold Coast but the whole year,” he said.
“We clearly need to address some inconsistency, that’s a fact.”
Suggestions the side was winning the tough ones and losing ones they probably shouldn’t wasn’t news to Scott.
“All of those things are really obvious to me,” he said.
“But 12 months, two years ago the criticism was we were flat track bullies but we couldn’t beat the good sides.”